2022 Can-A-Thon

NCSS Students Collect Over 21,000 Canned Food Items for Local Food Pantries
Posted on 11/07/2022
students with cans of foodNewton County School System (NCSS) students collected 21,472 cans of food to support Newton County’s local food pantries. According to NCSS social worker, George Hutchinson, the school district’s annual Can-A-Thon is extremely important to the local Newton County community.

“This is one of the largest, if not the largest food drives in Newton County and our local food pantries have come to depend on us for this food drive to restock their pantries for the upcoming holiday season and winter season,” said Hutchinson. “Particularly right now with our economy being so impacted by the pandemic, a lot of people are hurting and in need. This goes a long way for these food pantries to provide for their needs.”

During the Can-A-Thon, NCSS schools compete in a friendly competition to see who can collect the most food items, and this year, Mansfield Elementary School earned bragging rights by collecting 4,219 cans. The Newton County Board of Education Central Office employees collected 4,152 items and Rocky Plains Elementary School brought 2,185 canned goods in for local families. Oak Hill Elementary School rounded out the top group by donating 1,916 items of food. It’s important to note that all food items collected in the NCSS Can-A-Thon remain in Newton County to support local families.

As the number of cans collected continues to grow, Newton County School System had to reach out for assistance with pickup and delivery of the canned food items this year. When the call went out for assistance, NCSS Partner in Education, NEW LIFE Praise Center, quickly stepped up to the plate.

The leadership team at NEW LIFE immediately began coordinating a huge delivery plan. Within a week, all 21,472 items from the participating schools had been picked up and delivered to three local food organizations: The Salvation Army Food Pantry, the Newton Community Food Pantry, and the Covington First UMC Food Pantry. Some of the schools had so many items that multiple trips were needed to complete the delivery! The team of volunteers from NEW LIFE were very glad to be part of this great work.

“I can't say enough about the incredible efforts of Pastor Justin Adams and NEW LIFE Praise Center,” said Hutchinson. “Their army of volunteers, under the leadership of Mr. Artie Brunson, facilitated the pickup and delivery of all of our items from 19 locations and delivered them to the three food pantries in a little over a week, assisted by volunteers at each school who helped load the items. This accomplishment deserves special recognition!”

Pastor Justin Adams is no stranger to serving this community. As the NCSS 2018 Partner of the Year, NEW LIFE Praise Center and Pastor Adams dedicate time and resources to seven NCSS schools through partnerships and support.

“Investing in our local schools and community continues to be a big part of our work through these 12 years as a local church,” Adams explained. “Everyone is welcome at NEW LIFE Praise Center, and we view our community as an extension of our church family. We were very proud to help NCSS with the Can-a-Thon this year, and we will continue to be ready to serve our community in so many great ways.”