The results of the 2013 KALB-TV Christmas Cheer Food Drive are complete, and 73,006 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected from Avoyelles, Natchitoches, and Rapides parish schools, according to Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Sponsored by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and KALB-TV, locals schools participated in the drive to help collect food for the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
Avoyelles parish winners, Avoyelles High School and Plaucheville Elementary School, led their parish in donations with Avoyelles Parish High School collecting 2,866 pounds and Plaucheville Elementary Schools collecting 2,088 pounds.
Weaver Elementary School (1,299 pounds), East Natchitoches Elementary & Junior High School (1,367 pounds), and Natchitoches Center High School (3,423 pounds) made the honor roll in Natchitoches parish for the most donations.
Rapides Parish's leading contributors were Alexandria Senior High School collecting 5,676 pounds, Pineville Junior High, collecting 3,457 pounds, and Phoenix Magnet Elementary School , collecting 14,514 pounds. Phoenix Magnet Elementary also took home the top prize for donating the most pounds per student (22.61 pounds per student).
Five thousand dollars in prize money from the Tunica Biloxi Indians will be distributed to these schools for their outstanding efforts to help the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
For more information about the Christmas Cheer Food Drive or about volunteering, please call the Food Bank at 318-445-2773.