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Ritenour Schools Participate in Annual Holiday Food Drive Nov. 5-16

Canned Food Drive Ritenour schools are participating in an annual food drive coordinated by police chiefs and municipalities within the district from Nov. 5 through Nov. 16 for the Joint Charities Christmas Basket Program through Ritenour Co-Care. 

Students, staff and community members 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 on Nov. 19 and deliver them to Ritenour Co-Care Food Pantry. 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 School 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 2017, public works representatives from Ritenour's nine municipalities delivered more than 16,900 items to Ritenour Co-Care food pantry facility in Overland and then were distributed to Ritenour families in need.