With cheerleaders, balloons and giddy classmates lining grocery store aisles, two Charlotte high school representatives made a dash to collect pantry goods for a hunger drive on Oct. 29.
Andrew Blalock, 17, a senior at Providence High and Tucker Brooks, 16, a sophomore at Ardrey Kell High, were chosen to compete in a 90-second Fast Feet Shopping Spree at the Food Lion on Candlewyck Lane in Charlotte.
The event was part of the second annual Charlotte Student Hunger Drive, a six-week food drive competition sponsored this year by Food Lion. In the drive, 17 area high schools compete to see who can collect the most pounds of food to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
Our community is blessed with a lot of things and its great to help someone who is less fortunate, Blalock said. We need to share what we have.
Blalock collected 306 pounds of non-perishables for Providence High and Brooks accumulated 264 pounds for Ardrey Kell, said Natalie Jenkins, executive director of the Student Hunger Drive.
Student representatives from East Mecklenburg High School and Garinger High School will be the next to compete on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Food Lion at 3207 Eastway Dr. in Charlotte.