Battle Against Hunger provides food for the community

Several Fordson High School students pose with food donations as they count and pack donations.

Sixteen Dearborn Public Schools stepped up this year to participate in the fifth annual Battle Against Hunger.

Fordson High School was the largest collector, gathering more than 15,000 food items.  Fordson was followed by Dearborn and Edsel Ford high schools.  Collections mirrored enrollment with each high school gathering about six items per student.

Together, the district collected the equivalent of more than 59,000 food donations!

The food donations were given to Zaman International.  Cash donations will go to Amity Foundation.  Both are local organizations that help those in need in our community.  For the school competition, a $1 donation was counted as three food items.

Battle Against Hunger ran from Nov. 18 to 24.  In 2018, Dearborn Schools donated almost 12 tons of food to help those in need in our community.

The Battle began in 2015 as a friendly off-field competition between rivals Dearborn and Fordson high schools.  Edsel Ford High School later joined the food drive, and it was opened for the District’s elementary and middle schools to participate. Local Realtor and former Dearborn School Life editor Raad Alawan came up with the idea.

Superintendent Glenn Maleyko said, “It is wonderful to see how our high school students and the now younger students come together as one District to help others in our community. The generosity of our students and families will have a positive impact for those in need in our area.”