Green Bay Area Schools Contribute 24,532 Pounds Of Food To Annual Food Drive



Eighteen Green Bay area schools collected a total of 24,532 pounds of food for this year's Packers Women's Association Food Drive. Nearly 12,000 total students participated.

To recognize the students and congratulate them for their efforts, three schools received visits Tuesday from Packers players.

Notre Dame Elementary & Middle School, De Pere, took first place honors among the schools involved, collecting 14.6 pounds of food per student. Notre Dame also captured top honors in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Wide receiver Koren Robinson and tight end Ryan Krause addressed students at an all-school assembly.

Westwood Elementary School, De Pere, took second place honors, collecting 5.9 pounds per student. Wide receiver Shaun Bodiford, offensive lineman Junius Coston and wide Chris Francies visited the school. In addition, Baird Elementary School, Green Bay, was randomly drawn to receive a player visit to recognize its participation, with defensive lineman Colin Cole, wide receiver Donald Driver, linebacker A.J. Hawk and running back Noah Herron addressing students at an all-school assembly.

The schools' efforts augment the more than 30,000 food items collected at the Packers-Redskins game Oct. 14, as well as from donations from Festival Foods and SuperValu, a food supplier to Festival Foods. A total of $13,919.39 also was received in cash donations this year.

Overall, in 21 years of conducting the food drive, the PWA has collected approximately 595,000 non-perishable food items and more than $203,500 for Paul's Pantry.

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