Athens Christian School has always been a big supporter of the Hunger Bowl, a community-wide effort to collect food for the Northeast Georgia Food Bank during the holiday season. According to ACS Head of School Steve Cummings, it’s one of the most important projects that the School participates in each year.
Six years ago when the Hunger Bowl was started, ACS was one of the first schools to sign up to give. That year, ACS collected 8,000 pounds of food and won the Hunger Bowl’s School Division.
Athens Christian has increased its efforts every year. The school collected 12,000 pounds the second year and doubled those efforts in the third year. Last year, the school collected an amazing 66,000 pounds of food.
So this year, when ACS got ready for the annual campaign, ACS Hunger Bowl coordinator Pam Kennon set an unusually aggressive goal of collecting 70,000 pounds of food.
“I knew the energy and excitement for this program had grown each year, and I thought our students would rise to the occasion and meet our goal of 70,000 pounds of food,” Kennon said.
After two weeks of collecting, Athens Christian had exceeded its goal and brought in enough food to provide 57,000 meals this Thanksgiving.
For the fourth year in a row, Athens Christian School is the overall Hunger Bowl winner for most food collected. Cummings was thrilled with the effort.
“While we are collecting food, we make a determined effort to teach our kids that we are doing this as a School family because scripture tells us we should,” he said. “We teach our students that what we do with the Hunger Bowl is impacting lives in a tangible way. We teach them that it is far more important than winning a ballgame.”