Food Fights & Penny Wars Help Families In Need

December 16, 2010


On December 9th, Delaware Area Career Center students packed up two busses and a van full of donated food products and clothing for People In Need’s Holiday Clearing House. The Food Fight is a tradition that DACC follows every year as a way to give back to the community. Classes compete against each other to bring in the most donations , with extra points awarded to food donations that are nutritious, high-protein foods. This year alone, staff and students collected over 11,000 cans and boxes of food that were given away at the annual Holiday Clearing House on Sunday, December 12th.

Penny Wars & PIN Donation

According to DACC’s Career Graphics Instructor, Jim Beck, “The Food Fight is a tradition that we look forward to every year. I’m always surprised by the generosity of our staff, our students, and their families.”




Penny Wars & PIN DonationLast year at this time, Superintendent Mary Beth Freeman  noticed that among all of the generous donations at the Holiday Clearing House, one group of people were not getting quite as many donations as all of the others – area teenagers. “The community really comes together this time of year and does a great job of giving back,” said Freeman. “What I noticed, though, is that there are a lot of items for young children, but not much warm outerwear for teens.” After sharing this information with staff members, Greg Snouffer offered to start and lead the Penny Wars.

The Penny Wars was a competition among the students to see which classes could collect the most pennies and loose change to purchase fashionable yet affordable winter outerwear for teenagers in need. On Friday, December 3rd, DACC’s Law Enforcement class and Career Graphics class were announced the winners. A total of $503.01 was raised from the entire school, plus a $100 donation from Meijer.

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Mr. Snouffer and volunteer students took the change to PNC Bank to convert it to cash and then travelled to Meijer to shop. “The students who helped shop that day were part of a larger group who helped collect all of the money. It was only fitting that they get to see how many clothes could be purchased when a lot of people donate just a little pocket change,” said Snouffer. “Besides, who better to shop for teenagers than teenagers?”

Penny Wars & PIN DonationThe clothes were taken along with the annual collection of food donations to People in Need on Thursday, December 9th. Students and staff from DACC’s Law Enforcement and Construction classes were on hand to unload the many boxes of donations and organize them among the other donations. Talia Bond, a Law Enforcement student, was impressed with how many donations they ended up having. She had only seen what was donated from her campus. Once DACC’s north and south campuses came together for the donation day, she was overwhelmed with the generosity.

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