Holt students donate over six tons of food

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HOLT, Mich. (WILX) - Holt Public Schools students are coming together to help carry a heavy load, six tons of donated food.

News 10's Cryss Walker was there for the community collaboration.

For over 50 years the Holt Kiwanis Club and the kids join forces to make a big impact.

Every year during the holiday season Holt students bring dry goods to school, fill-up baskets and work together to sort food donations.

“The Holt Community Food Bank serves families in need who live in the Holt Public School System and those families come to us once a month and we supply them with about seven to 10 days-worth of food and that's including produce and meats umm milk and eggs as well as the dry goods
And some of the items the kids have brought in”, said Bonnie Mahieu who coordinates the effort.

And the helping hands are stretched from all across the community.

“The teachers get the program going and the kids bring the food in and their parents of course have a big part of it”, Mahieu continued.

“We organize things and food items into categories and then we bring them to the warehouse so this year we've got the big kids and some of the football players doing all the heavy lifting”, said Holt High School Assistant Principal Nick Johnson.

Friday night the muscle was well needed to load over 6,000 pounds of food.

“Some of these boxes get up to about 60 pounds, 70 pounds and they just do a great job so, we need some extra muscle”, Johnson explained.

If you'd like to donate to the community food bank contact the Holt Presbyterian Church.