The food drive efforts began as a fundraising contest through the San Antonio Spurs organization four years ago. The group at that time won the Spurs Team Up Challenge, earning HPMS $20,000 to begin food relief efforts in our community. The school has continued the program each year, with new students leading the charge each year.
All Kerr area food pantries will benefit from the food drive. Examples of ideal food include canned soups and vegetables, ramen noodles, canned fruit, boxed cereals, canned beans, peanut butter, jelly (no glass bottles), canned chicken, tuna, beef stew, ravioli, spaghetti, pasta, rice, tomato sauce and jello.
Through Brownies and Brown Bags, students meet bi-weekly after school to decorate bags used for food distribution at St. Vincent de Paul's food pantry. Students strive to illustrate messages of encouragement and hope, providing recipients "food for the soul" to go along with the food they receive.
Students also assist The San Antonio Food Bank with its monthly Mobile Food Pantry. This service provides needy Kerr County residents with fresh produce and meat products, items not generally supplied at local food pantries. Not only do the Team Up Challenge students pay for this service, they are also on hand to help with the food distribution.
Weekend Blessings provides weekend meals for middle school students whose families may be food insecure. Team Up Challenge students pay for the food and pack the meals each week for distribution to students each Friday.