CLINTON — Clinton High School students did more than their share to take a bite out of hunger this year.

Under the leadership of the student council and with the help of other district schools and the community, the students were able to deliver 12,649 pounds of food to the River Bend Foodbank.

“This number indicates a 38 percent increase over last year for us,” Student Council Adviser Jason Endress said. “As a result of the students’ hard work and community support, we received $750 for second most- improved school in the entire hunger drive.”

According to Endress, CHS also received a $500 prize for the second “Most Creative Event” in the entire hunger drive, which was the “Hunger Strike Back” held in October.

Bianca Iverson, who chaired the event for the student council, was on hand to accept the awards Thursday at the culmination and awards party held in the Quad-Cities.

Endress said the money would be used for next year’s hunger drive.

The total of 1,065,07 pounds of food was collected by students from 24 Quad-City area high schools, including Clinton and Lincoln high schools.

Endress said the Quad-Cities Student Hunger Drive is the largest independent food drive in the country.

The River Bend Foodbank, located in Moline, Ill., is the recipient of the donated food.

Food collected will be channeled into the foodbank’s distribution areas, which includes food pantries in Clinton and the surrounding communities.

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