Seniors Lily Ostrer, Briana Last and Emma Dries coordinated a two-week-long food drive for the City Harvest Organization, the largest food distributor in the city, from Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 20. Boxes were placed outside of room 207 every day and students were encouraged to drop off canned foods until the end of 10th period.
According to Ostrer, although their original goal was to raise at least 200 lbs of food, approximately 1100 lbs was raised by the end of the drive.
“The event was a big success,” Ostrer said. “It shows that Stuy students can accomplish things when they put their mind to it.”
Faculty members were also supportive of the drive. Approximately one-third of the 1100 lbs raised came from social studies teacher Brad Badgley and his students, who were given extra credit for donating food.
Ostrer hopes to conduct another drive in the spring to continue raising food for City Harvest. “About 49 million Americans were food insecure last year,” Ostrer said. “That means that about 49 million Americans weren’t always able to get enough food every day.”