MOUNT VERNON — Elementary and middle school students are fighting hunger in Knox County. The 2016 Central Knox County Food For The Hungry School Drive has been planned with the help of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority. Donations will benefit the 35th annual Food for the Hungry Drive. The children are demonstrating that you are never too young to make a difference. Each Mount Vernon area classroom has been supplied with collection boxes, and donations may be made through Friday.

During last year’s Food for the Hungry Drive, Central Knox County elementary and middle school students collected 9,228 nonperishable food items and $6,269.12. This year, the classroom in each Psi Iota Xi participating school that contributes the highest number of food items per student will be treated to a pizza party. Cash donations are welcome. Each $1 donated will be equal to four food items. Checks should be made payable to Food for the Hungry. The winning classroom pizza parties for each of the Central Knox County schools are being sponsored by Domino’s Pizza.

The top donor from each school will be invited to participate in the Food for the Hungry live broadcast at City Hall on Saturday, Dec. 10. The students will be recognized on Time Warner Cable (channel 9), as well as on 100.9 FM and 13WMVO, with reports given on WNZR 90.9 FM and Super Q 93.7.

All food and donations will be distributed through Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army to meet the needs of our community. For more information about fighting hunger in Knox County, visit



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