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ABC 12 School Spirit Competition Provides Nearly 120,000 Meals for Families in Need

The annual ABC 12 School Spirit competition has once again made a tremendous impact on fighting hunger in Michigan.

Twenty-four schools in the ABC 12 viewing area collected food throughout the year as part of the competition. In total, the schools collected 141,763 pounds of food – enough to provide 118,136 meals to people in need. The 2018-19 School Spirit competition was sponsored by Elga Credit Union, Honda of Grand Blanc, and Skaff Furniture and Carpet. ABC 12 served as the media partner, doing live broadcasts at participating schools throughout the school year, and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan transported food and provided logistical support throughout the year.

The food goes to the Food Bank and other local organizations in Mid-Michigan.

“The School Spirit competition is a great example of the impact that occurs through collaboration,” said Kara Ross, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “Hundreds of students and participants collected donations, local businesses provided support, and ABC 12 did an amazing job raising awareness of hunger and the effort needed to fight it during their broadcasts throughout year. We at the Food Bank are grateful for the support provided by so many individuals and partners throughout the competition, and look forward to continuing next school year.”

Grand Blanc High School was this year’s winner of the School Spirit competition, collecting 51,876 pounds, enough for 43,230 meals. Heritage High School (Saginaw) was second (20,717 pounds/17,264 meals), New Lothrop Jr./Sr. High School was third (11,531 pounds/9,609 meals), E.A. Johnson Memorial High School (Mt. Morris) was fourth (8,005 pounds/6,671 meals), and Carman-Ainsworth High School (6,657 pounds/5,548 meals) was fifth. The full standings are available online.

A special broadcast on ABC 12 honoring participants from the top five schools was held on Friday, May 3.