Eden Wimer stands with collected food items at Bluff City Middle School.
Students at Bluff City Middle School collected over 3,300 canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Edgefield United Methodist Food Pantry for two weeks in November.
“It's important to give to a food drive so people who don't have enough to eat will have enough. Besides, Thanksgiving is coming up and it's a time to eat with your family,” said Eden Wimer, an eighth grader who donated over 200 food items for the food drive.
Grade-level home rooms competed each day to see which class could bring in the most food items. Eden's homeroom won the competition almost every day of the drive with her help.
Walker Morrell, eighth grade, solicits donations from family members and friends to purchase food. On the last day of the food drive, Walker contributed 1,400 canned food items to the food drive pushing his classroom to first place in 8th grade.
Art teacher Jamie Hyder said that Bluff City Middle School has held a food drive every November for well over 20 years. However, this is the first year she has ever seen the food drive bring in this many items. She is a lead volunteer at the Edgefield United Methodist Food Pantry and arranges for all the food to be transported to the pantry. Edgefield serves over 100 families in Piney Flats, Bluff City, and Bristol.