The 2nd Annual Drive Away Hunger Challenge begins Monday, allowing Williamson County high schools the chance to compete for prizes as they collect food for GraceWorks, a local charity that provides food and other services to struggling families in Williamson County.
Last year, participating schools collected over 10 tons of food for GraceWorks.
The food collected will fill GraceWork's food pantry and will also be used to fill the bags of food sent home with students in need as part of its Fuel Bag Program.
The high school that collects the most food will receive $1,250 in cash and an official Hunger Challenge trophy.
GraceWorks' food pantry is the largest in Williamson County
The pantry's director, Susan Reagan, told News 2 demand is up.
"We gave out 25% more grocery carts in 2013 than the prior year. We are serving about 550 students through the Fuel Bag program each week, which is a huge undertaking, but even so, we want to help many more students," Reagan said. "We hope this food drive will help sustain us in meeting the current need through the 12 months a year we are open, as well as helping us to feed the increasing numbers of our neighbors coming to our doors."
The Drive Away Hunger Challenge continues through February 14.