Students at Bettendorf High School are helping fight food insecurity in the Quad Cities.

Monday will kick off their annual six week student hunger drive, collecting canned goods and non-perishable items. 

Two students said 1 in 5 students are food insecure.

In a classroom of 25, five students don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Not only is this a way to get students involved with helping the community, but people in the community can help by eating at their favorite local restaurants and all proceeds will go toward the hunger drive.

Both students said ending hunger by giving people real food is important because they have witnessed first hand people who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

“I’ve been helping at a homeless shelter and they serve food every Sunday,” said senior Mary Therese Gehrmann. It’s just been important to me because I’ve seen the people who are hungry and I’ve seen the people who do not have the capabilities to purchase food and the food pantry just does such a wonderful thing,” Gehrmann said.

“It makes me feel like I am doing something that’s really important,” junior Ryan Longenecker said. “A lot of things you can get involved with in school such as sports are for your enjoyment,” Longenecker said. “This is something I not only like to do, but it’s also helping other people in a very real way,” said Longenecker.

The hunger drive will be six weeks ending November 9th.

Students will donate the food to the River Bend Food Bank.

Monday will kick off the drive with a skit competition at 6pm.