SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Over the last few weeks, two high schools came together to collect enough food to help local families for months.
Scott County High School and Great Crossing High School donated more than 29,000 food items to The Amen House in Georgetown.
"We know that food insecurity is a huge concern all across America and also in the Georgetown community. So, we want to make sure that we're doing our part to contribute to ensuring that none of our community members go hungry," Scott County High School Principal Meocha Williams told LEX 18's Alex Valverde.
Great Crossing collected 18,695 food items and Scott County High brought in 10,483. There were so many items donated that The Amen House had to store most of them at a separate warehouse.
"I think the greatest part of all of this for me, is the idea that we are building compassion in our kids. They have an opportunity to understand how an act of compassion benefits our community," said Great Crossing High School Principal Joy Lusby.
Not only are they helping the community, they are helping their classmates. Hundreds of students in the schools benefit from the food pantry.
"Food insecurity does not have a face, and the bottom line is we are all working together to try to solve the problem. I think our kids did a fantastic job in doing so," said Lusby.
This was the highest amount of food items collected since Scott County High started a food drive.