Twelve Green Bay area schools collected a total of 17,119 pounds of food for this year's Packers Women's Association Food Drive. More than 9,400 total students participated.
To recognize the students and congratulate them for their efforts, two schools received visits from Packers players.
Notre Dame Elementary & Middle School, De Pere, took first place honors among the schools involved, collecting nearly 13 pounds of food per student. Notre Dame also captured top honors in 2003, '04, '06 and '07. Wide receivers James Jones and Jordy Nelson addressed students Wednesday, Dec. 17, at an all-school assembly.
Westwood Elementary School, De Pere, took second place honors for the second consecutive year, collecting 7.1 pounds per student. Offensive linemen Daryn Colledge and Scott Wells will visit the school Tuesday, Dec. 23.
The schools' efforts augment the more than 7,200 food items collected at the Packers-Falcons game Oct. 5, as well as donations from Festival Foods and SuperValu, a food supplier to Festival Foods. A total of $10,950 also was received in cash donations this year.
Overall, in 22 years of conducting the food drive, the PWA has collected approximately 580,800 non-perishable food items and $214,450 for Paul's Pantry.