Every year, we are fortunate enough to partner with Hosea Feed the Hungry and the Atlanta-metro schools to host a regional food drive - lovingly referred to as Food for the Soul. Collected items are donated to the Hosea Feed the Hungry Food Bank, where they are distributed to families in need. This campaign not only instills a sense of philanthropy, compassion and thankfulness into the students that participate, but it gets quite competitive as well!
The school who collects the most food items, get’s to be our guest at the circus. THE WHOLE SCHOOL!
The 2008 Food For The Soul winner was Ralph J. Bunche Middle School, with over 20,000 food items collected. Now that’s ALOT of food! This monumental effort will allow Hosea Feed The Hungry to continue to serve the thousands of people in need throughout the year. To reward the school for their life-changing contributions, they joined us at the circus, as our personal guests. We hope that our gift to Ralph J. Bunche will teach the children a great civics lesson about sharing and giving to those in need; and that we are our brothers’ keeper. Attending the UniverSoul Circus will also provide the students cultural, educational and entertainment benefits as they view the performances of our incredible artists from several countries around the globe.
There is also a School Spirit award for those tech savvy students and staff. The Soul School Spirit Award asks that students submit a 60 to 90 second video, featuring their school’s students, faculty, staff, parents, and/or supporters providing humanitarian assistance to those in need and of course the food items collected. The 2008 Food for the Soul School Spirit Award went to Fickett Elementary. They also joined us last week at our Food for the Soul Circus event. Check out Fickett Elementary’s video.
We were joined by about 16 different schools last Tuesday, and had a blast! The teachers dropped it (literally) in the soul train line, the students came reppin’ their school spirit, and Mrs. Maggie… well - she was Mrs. Maggie….