Seckman and Windsor high school students will not hold its annual March for Hunger food drive this year.
The event, which is organized by the schools’ student councils, was to take place March 27, but it has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Seckman High junior Gracelyn Thornberry, 17, of Arnold.
She said there were no plans to make up the food collection, which typically benefits a local food pantry.
“The student councils at Seckman and Windsor ask anyone who had collected food for the event to donate the food to a local food pantry, if they can,” said Thornberry, who was the Seckman High chairwoman from the March for Hunger committee.
She said students and staff at the schools on the Seckman campus in Imperial began collecting at the start of the month.
Seckman High math teacher Valerie Adkins, a Student Council adviser, said about 50 nonperishable food items had been collected at the schools and those items will be donated to Sister Christine’s Food Pantry at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Imperial.
At Windsor, between 2,000 and 2,500 nonperishable food items had been collected, said English teacher and Student Council adviser JoAnn Marty. She said the food will be available for Windsor community families to pick up during the district’s meal distribution program that is being held during the school’s closure because of the coronavirus.
“Our kids have worked together since February,” Marty said. “We had Seckman’s students come over and have a planning meeting. Everything was good to go, and now, everything is put on hold. We have several families in our community this can be useful for, so we will have can goods available for them.”
Windsor, like other Jefferson County districts, closed March 18 and is anticipates resuming classes on April 13.
During the closure, Windsor has made breakfast and lunch meals available for pickup at its campus, 6208 Hwy. 61-67, in Imperial. Students will need to provide their name to pick up the meals, and those needing to pick up a meal are asked not to exit their car, according to the district’s website.
Other school districts in the county are holding meal distribution programs to help make sure students have food to eat during the closure.
This year would have been the sixth year for Seckman to participate in the March for Hunger, which along with the food drive, has had students walk from the Mastodon State Historic Site on Seckman Road to Seckman High School, collecting food along the route.
For the past three years, Windsor has partnered with Seckman students on the food drive and march.