The Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be teaming up with schools throughout the Cedar Valley in an effort to collect and distribute foods to those in need. The drive will also teach students about volunteerism, community involvement and teamwork.

The student food drive is going on now through November 14th.

Here are eight schools currently taking part in the program:

  • Cedar Falls High
  • West High
  • East High
  • Hudson High
  • Union High
  • Denver High
  • Valley Lutheran
  • Waterloo Christian High

The students participate through their high school. The students, with the help of a faculty adviser, plan school events and contests to promote the food drive, organize their food collection, as well as package and deliver the food to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

Cedar Falls High School has released a list of fundraising events for the the public to take part in.


Friday 10/14 Bake Sale at High School
Tuesday 10/18 Collecting at the High School Orchestra Concert
Thursday 10/20 Collecting at the Football Game SW Entrance
Friday 10/21 Bake Sale at High School
Monday 10/24 Powder Puff Volleyball at the High School
Friday 10/28 Bake Sale at High School
Sunday 10/30 Trunk or Treat 1:00-3:00 at the High School
Tuesday 11/1 Selling Popcorn & Collecting at Parent-Teacher Conferences at the HS
Thursday 11/3 Selling Popcorn & Collecting at Parent-Teacher Conferences at the HS
Monday 11/7 Fundraiser at Pizza Ranch -- please come and eat 5:00 PM -8:00 PM

High School Students -- Bring 120 oz. of peanut butter (18-24 oz plastic jars) to PAY YOUR PARKING FINE.

Source - Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Participating high schools will be awarded funds that are needed for the school or student council projects, or even another community charity. Students are recognized for their efforts at an awards party on the last day of the Drive, where prizes are awarded for different levels of achievement. Winners from each size category will be mentioned on a Billboard after the drive.
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank, located in Waterloo, services approximately 200 food pantries, community meals, soup kitchens, senior centers, low-income schools & daycare's, and after school programs in sixteen counties. Food collected from the student food drive will be channeled back into participating communities through our Member Agency Distribution Program.