San Mateo High School conducts one of the largest holiday food drives in the country. In 2005, they broke the Guinness World Record for the largest canned food drive and they hope to collect over 250,000 pounds of food this year! The student body is driven by the common goal to ensure everyone in San Mateo County has food during the holidays.
Students spend countless hours in front of stores collecting canned goods, rain or shine, and gathering community donations. According to the event website, 1 in 10 people in San Mateo County will rely on some form of food assistance this holiday season. The students want to ensure there’s enough food to meet this demand. They believe the spirit of giving is contagious and want to set a positive example by showing the community’s compassion and generosity for those in need.
“The annual San Mateo High School Canned Food Drive is an extraordinary effort by students to raise money and collect food. The SMHS Bearcat spirit is legendary, and we are thrilled that each year students focus their legendary spirit and energy on this community effort. Samaritan House is extremely grateful for all the planning, dedication and organization of the students every year!” says Patty Hsiu, Samaritan House board member.
Want to help? Helping is easy – it only takes $1.00 to provide 4lbs of food! Donations can be made to support the drive through Monday, December 1st. Non-perishable goods can be dropped off at San Mateo High School during school hours or at local grocery stores (3-7pm weekdays or 12 -7pm weekends). Checks can also be made out to Samaritan House and either dropped off at San Mateo High School during school hours or mailed to the following address: San Mateo High School, Canned Food Drive, 506 North Delaware St, San Mateo, CA 94401.
Help us support the San Mateo High School students as they spread joy and kindness this holiday season!