From Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, organizations and businesses will compete by collecting kid-friendly food items.

Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill in Saint Robert, Mo., is partnering with Snack in a Pack and declaring its 2nd Annual Food Fight to help collect food items for students in the Waynesville R-VI School District.

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, organizations and businesses will compete by collecting kid-friendly food items. The winner will be determined by the total weight of the items collected. Colton’s will award the winning organization with a catered holiday party. All food items collected will benefit students enrolled in the Snack in a Pack program.

The purpose of this event is to raise program awareness, get a little friendly competition going in the community and collect food items to benefit students who suffer from food insecurity. Hunger is detrimental to academic performance and impacts a student’s ability to concentrate in the classroom.

Snack in a Pack is an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program that provides supplemental food packs to more than 300 students in the Waynesville R-VI School District who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend.

It costs approximately $5 to feed one student for one weekend. The program relies on the generosity of its partners, donors, and the multitude of community volunteers to continue its mission to feed hungry children and improve educational success.

For more information on Snack in a Pack or participating in the 2nd Annual Food Fight, please contact the Waynesville AmeriCorps VISTA office at (573) 842-2651 or send an email to spack@waynesville.k12.mo.us.

About the Community Resource Office (CRO)

The Community Resource Office (CRO), under the direction of Courtney Long, is a grant-supported department of the Waynesville R-VI School District that manages district volunteers, AmeriCorps school tutors, Club TIGER Afterschool Program, Snack in a Pack Program, college and career readiness, service learning, and more. These programs are made possible by grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood (AYPYN). For more information about the CRO Programs or how to get involved, contact (573) 842-2250 or community@waynesville.k12.mo.us.