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Ritenour's Annual Holiday Food Drive Is Underway

RHS students package canned goods during the 2016-2017 food drive. Ritenour schools and the Adult Education & Literacy Center are participating in the annual food drive coordinated by police chiefs and municipalities within the district through Nov. 22, 2019 for the Joint Charities Christmas Basket Program. 

Students and staff are encouraged to donate non-perishable food or monetary donations to purchase fresh foods that will be delivered to Ritenour families in need during the holiday season. 

Representatives from each of the nine municipalities within Ritenour will pick up food at each school and the Ritenour Adult Education & Literacy Center on Nov. 25 and deliver them to Ritenour Co-Care Food Pantry. A rain date for food pickup will be Nov. 26. The food will then be packaged with other items part of Joint Charities Christmas Baskets and given to Ritenour families in need during the holiday season. 

Over the past three decades, Ritenour School District students and staff members have joined with the local police chiefs and municipalities to help make the holiday season happier for families in need. 

Retired Ritenour Middle teacher Ken Crowder started this districtwide food collection in 1982 as part of a class project. That year, the district collected 2,000 cans that Crowder hauled in his own truck to an alley garage that had no heat.

In 2018, public works representatives from Ritenour's nine municipalities delivered more than 13,000 items to Ritenour Co-Care food pantry facility in Overland and then were distributed to Ritenour families in need. For more information, please contact Debbie Catalano at (314) 493-6080.