Hermiston School District Kicks Off Canned Food Drive to Fight Hunger

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Each year, Hermiston schools partner with the Hermiston Police Department to support the Christmas Express program, collecting food for families in need.

Christmas Express has been an active part in our communities’ fight against hunger for 55 years, providing food for over 500 families each year.

Students and community members can donate non-perishable canned or dry food (no glass jars). These donations are used to build food baskets, containing either a turkey or ham, a bag of potatoes, and a box with canned foods like vegetables and fruits. Items remaining, after boxes for local families are complete, will be donated to the Agape House to help even more families in need.

In addition to Hermiston schools, donations of food or new packaged toys are welcomed at the Hermiston Police Department and participating businesses. 

Donations help the greater community by feeding families that may not have to courage to ask for assistance, as well as elderly members of the community that may need help with food items. 

“I am continually impressed by the involvement of our students in a canned food drive to benefit our community,” said Superintendent Dr. Tricia Mooney. “This event is not just about the number of cans raised. It is about cultivating a culture of caring and instilling in our students the value of empathy and the power of coming together for a common cause.  This is one more reminder that even small acts of kindness can leave an enduring impact on our community.”

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