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DECA Food Drive Another Success


By Destinee Jones, Staff Reporter

The DECA-food drive held at Little Elm High School was a huge success this year with the winning classes including: 1)Mr.Hutley, 2) Ms Hammond, 3) Ms Henry, the business classes.

Approximately 1,900 cans were donated and more than $1,400 being given to the Little Elm Food Bank.

The canned food drive has been going, “Fourteen years and there has been a canned food drive every year and for years before that," said DECA adviser Roger Hutley. "DECA picked up sponsorship of the food drive from the student council about 11 years ago.  Prior to that, it seemed that with the student council doing homecoming and red ribbon events at the same time the food drive did not get much focus."

"Fourteen years ago our DECA members voted to make the food drive our main fall community service event.  Each year since the new members of DECA step up and try to outdo the previous year's food drive results so it is now a tradition,” Hutley said.

“You will never know who benefited from your donation.  There is a chance you walked by someone in the hallway who ate this morning because the food drive exists.  There is no more local community service opportunity than the Little Elm Area Food Bank,” said Hutley.

“The motivation for our students varies by the student.  Lots of kids want community service hours to get cords at graduation, or fulfill membership requirements in clubs, or to have something to put on their college resume.  Other students want to do a selfless act because that can feel good.  There are probably students who have gotten food from the food bank in the past who want to pay it forward.  I am motivated to help because food insecurity is one of the most basic human needs and is level one of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.  If you are hungry you can't accomplish anything until you fix the hunger.  Most people getting help have hit a rough patch and don't need help for long periods, but no one should go hungry.” 

COVID-19 is a very big deal so to limit the risk of getting exposed DECA made a couple of changes from what they have done in the previous years of the food drive.

“We were very conscious of not wanting to take a good thing, i.e. donating food to the food bank, and turn it into a super spreader event.  The first thing we decided was to not encourage student canvassing door to door in their neighborhood.  Then we decided a lot of people would have to buy food for the food drive.  Then we thought why are we making people go to the store to buy food if we know that is a higher risk activity.  That made us decide to emphasize food or funds, cash or cans in our promotions.  So for the first time, we collected cash as well as food.  The food bank can actually feed more people with cash than they can with the same retail value of food that we could buy at a grocery store.”