In a time where things still, at times, feel uncertain for a lot of people, Kalamazoo public school students decided to team up to help provide some support and security.

According to WWMT News Channel 3, the annual holiday food drive hosted by the school district was cancelled due to Covid-19. In response, students from Kalamazoo Central High School and Loy Norrix High School decided to team up to make sure that locals weren't going hungry.

Food insecurity is a major issue in this country. And that was before the impact of the pandemic. According to Feeding America, before Covid-19 over 35 million people lived in a food-insecure household. In their latest brief, they say that number could rise to 50 million. In west Michigan alone, 1 in 8 people are food insecure.

These are our neighbors, friends, co-workers. Maybe it's you. That's why programs and food drives, like the one that was cancelled over the holidays, are so important. It's encouraging to see high school students recognizing and acting on that need.

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This past Saturday, KCH and LNH students collaborated with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes to collect non-perishable food donations and monetary donations as well. No word on the amount that was collected but every little bit helps.

With that being said, just because you missed the food drive doesn't mean the opportunity to help has passed you by. If you'd like to make a donation to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes you can do so here.

If you are in need of assistance:

If you find yourself in need or know someone that may be in need do not hesitate to reach out. There are a few different resources;

As well, there are locations for fresh food pick-up. You can read more below.

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