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Fourth graders collect 706 pounds of food

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Food collected by fourth graders across Bandera County during Texas Food Connection Week was recently delivered to the Helping Hand Crisis Center.
A total of 706 pounds of non-perishable food was donated for distribution to families in need. "I think this is the most food we've ever received," said Helping Hand Executive Director Jesse Parks. "We are so thankful to the generous people of Bandera County - and the fourth graders for all their help."
Texas Food Connection Week took place in locally from Sunday, Feb. 17, though Saturday, Feb. 23. This year, as in the past, the Bandera County Farm Bureau sponsored canned and non-perishable food drives with fourth grade classes from Alkek, Hill County, Medina and Utopia elementary schools as well as from the Pipe Creek Christian School.
A little friendly competition among the classes contributed to this year's record food drive. Students of the winning class from each participating school will be treated to an ice cream party. Fourth grade winning classes included:
• Alkek Elementary - Jackie Prince
• Hill Country Elementary - Brandi Conover
• Medina Elementary - Cammie Morgan
• Utopia Elementary - Sarabeth Mayfield, with the assistance of grades kindergarten through third with the help of K-3rd.
• Pipe Creek Christian School - working as a team with Linda Childers.
"The Bandera County Farm Bureau wants to congratulate all the fourth graders and their teachers for a job well done," said Barbara Mazurek, Farm Bureau president. Helping Hand is very grateful for the items donated. After the holidays, shelves freshly stocked with food items are a welcome sight."
For information about donating food to Helping Hand throughout the year, contact Parks at 830-796-8300.

Pictured: On Friday, Feb. 22, directors of the Bandera County Farm Bureau and FB Secretary Theresa Sparks delivered over 700 pounds of food to Helping Hand, 1116 12th Street. Executive Director Jesse Parks was on hand to receive the donations. Pictured are, from left, front row, Sparks and Parks; and back row, Tom Klepfer, Robert Mazurek, Jim Bob Brown and Buddy Sandidge.