Continuing their annual holiday tradition, students at Menlo-Atherton High School have collected more than 150,000 cans of food and raised $22,000 in donations in this year's Canned Food Drive, surpassing the original goal of 100,000 cans and $10,000.
The first M-A canned food drive was started by Coach Ben Parks in 1999 with a goal of collecting 5,000 cans of food.
Seventy Menlo-Atherton students gathered Saturday, Dec.7, at the Ecumenical Hunger Program, at 2311 Pulgas Ave. in East Palo Alto, to distribute food to families in need. Each family was given two frozen chickens, bags of potatoes, apples, tangerines, onions, fresh produce, frozen vegetables, and 30 cans of food.
Food and money raised in the annual drive is distributed through the school's partners, Second Harvest Food Bank and Ecumenical Hunger Program. Menlo-Atherton Activities Director Jonathon Senigaglia worked with students on the drive.