DECA students feed needy families

DECA students make a difference for hungry families
Posted on 11/05/2018
DECA student with food donations

Written By: Malia Braaten

Fall of 2018 was a very successful year for both South Kitsap DECA and the Emergency Feeding Program. The Emergency Feeding Program, or EFP, is an organization based in Seattle that provides a nutritional response to those in need of immediate food assistance. At DECA’s FLC conference this year, South Kitsap DECA was able to raise 1,227 items of food for the cause.

How Did We Do It?

For the entire month of September and October, members of South Kitsap DECA brought in non-perishable foods to the classroom. By the first week of October, the project was going slow. Several posters were made and word was getting around, but not a lot of food was being donated. That was until the group decided to organize a food collection table outside of a local grocery store on October 21st. Several members made their way down to the store that morning and handed out flyers to customers entering the store. Several asked questions and every member was beyond prepared to elaborate about DECA and the EFP. By the first hour, the item count was well over 50. By the half-way mark, the collection boxes and bags were overflowing with donated food. In order to transport the food, two cars were needed due to the exceeding amount of donations. When the food was finally brought back to the classroom, it was counted, and from just that 4 hour period, around 900 items were packed in boxes to be donated. More and more items were brought in that following week before SK DECA left for the conference. By the end of the food drive, over 1,200 items were counted, with a few last minute donations on the day of the conference. Multiple boxes of food were loaded onto the bus, and South Kitsap DECA was on their way to the WA-DECA Fall Leadership Conference with extreme amounts of excitement over the success the food drive had.

At Fall Leadership Conference

Once South Kitsap DECA  arrived to the conference, all the boxes were off-loaded and brought into the donation room. It was no question that the donation from South Kitsap was the largest. SK was then recognized at the closing ceremony for having the biggest donation for the cause, with a whopping 1,227 items. 

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