Mount View Middle School students give back with 'Hands for Cans' event

More than 1,000 food items donated to regional food pantry
By Ben Holbrook | Nov 27, 2012
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Student Council Vice President Taylor Tevepaugh, right, Treasurer Madison Vigeant, center, and President Brooke Whitcomb load donations onto the Regional Volunteer Food Pantry truck Monday, Nov. 26.

Thorndike — Students at Mount View Middle School collected more than 1,000 food items to donate to the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity.

Student Council members spearheaded the food drive as a way to have the school participate in a community-oriented event. As an added incentive, students went head-to-head with their teachers to see who could collect the most items.

“We were trying to get the students to get as many cans as possible,” Taylor Tevepaugh, Student Council vice president, said.

Food donations were collected for three weeks before representatives from the Regional Food Pantry arrived at the Mount View Complex, Monday, Nov. 26, to collect everything. Robert Van Deventer, chairperson for the food pantry, said the donations are welcomed, as the demand for food around the area continues to grow.

“I think our numbers from last month to this month increased by 25 percent,” he said.

Each item was handed from student to student, as part of the “Hands for Cans” event, down a line that started in the gymnasium, wrapped around through the halls and ended outside where everything was packed into boxes and loaded onto the food pantry truck.

“Many hands make the work lighter,” Van Deventer said, as items began arriving at the truck.

Van Devanter said the food items would be distributed for Christmas.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at

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