By Meg Carroll, Staff Writer
Senior Alexis Scott is passionate about supporting and assisting underprivileged people who are unable to provide consistent means of food. She decided to create a food drive for her senior capstone, which occurred during the last few weeks of the first quarter. Scott encouraged students to bring in canned goods for the initiative and the food would go to organizations within Feedmore, an influential organization that aids people in Virginia.
The spark for Scott’s passion began at her church, where a representative from FeedMore visited and spoke about the programs within the organization. Her youth group volunteered at FeedMore, and Scott was quickly swept up into the inspiring and determined efforts by the organization. After volunteering at FeedMore over the summer, Scott quickly decided to incorporate the program into her senior capstone, thus the Food Drive at James River took off.
“The goal was to reach 2000 cans. Right now, last time I checked, we’re at like 1420 cans so […] we’re getting there, but even if we don’t reach 2000, it’s the fact that like people took time to bring in all those cans, […] it really means a lot” said Scott.
The efforts by James River students impressed Scott, and without a doubt will encourage impoverished children and adults. The donated food will be given to several branches of FeedMore.
“[The food is going into] three food groups at FeedMore. There’s Meals on Wheels, Community Kitchen, and the Food Bank, and so that will be going towards all of them and it’s for like children, families, and the elderly or disabled” said Scott.
Meals on Wheels gives food to elderly and handicapped people who are unable to support themselves because it is difficult to prepare food in a confined area. The Community Kitchen prepares food for hungry and the Food Bank has a wide selection of goods for families.
Scott says this influential organization is “something I’m passionate about,” and Scott’s devotion to the Food Drive is inspiring. Her evident work with FeedMore has allowed students at James River to become involved with a beneficial and effective organization.