NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Students across Middle Tennessee are breaking records in this year’s  News 2 Food 2 Families School Food Drive.  

Almost 360,000 pounds of food have been collected by children at 61 schools in 12 counties.  Wow!

The food drive benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Elementary, middle and high school students have been collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food since early August. They’re competing to see who can collect the most items per capita (items raised on average per student).

These impressive results are expected to go up as the numbers come in from across the region. 

The team from Warren County Middle School collected 2,263 items of canned and packaged food that will help a lot of families in the community, thanks to Sophie Womack, Briley Jones, Tina Weaver, Kim Nunley and Mary Payne. 

Kids are fighting hunger in Marshall County, where ten schools have collected more than 3,500 food items, with more to come. Elementary and middle schools are challenging each other to collect the most, like this team from Oak Grove Elementary. 

Students at Pickett County High School have collected more than 6,000 food items that will help a lot of families across the area. 

The top three high schools will win $1000. The top three middle and elementary schools will each win $500. But more importantly, each school collecting food will make a huge impact in fighting hunger in our community.

Anyone can donate non-perishable food to Second Harvest, even if you don’t have children in school right now. You can drop off food donations at Crest Cadillac Nashville on Rosa Parks Blvd. in Metro Center. 

All food collected can stay in the local community. Or schools can designate the food to go directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee which stocks pantry shelves and provides food boxes for people throughout Middle Tennessee. 

Cornerstone Financial Credit Union is again making the News 2 Food 2 Families school food drive even more special for students by providing cash prizes for the top collecting schools. Cornerstone Financial will present checks totaling $10,000 to schools in the coming weeks. This money is vital for schools, which can use the prize money to fund much-needed school projects. 

News 2 Food 2 Families has been part of our community for more than 35 years. So now is the time to help us fight hunger as a community. Any time is a good time to make a donation. 

Send pictures from your school’s Second Harvest Food Drive to and we’ll post them here.