Christmas Cheer Food Drive Collects 76,526 Pounds of Food
The results of the 2016 KALB-TV Christmas Cheer Food Drive are complete, and 76,526 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected from Avoyelles, Natchitoches and Rapides parish schools. Sponsored by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and KALB-TV, local schools participated in the drive to help collect food for the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
Avoyelles parish winners, Marksville High School and Marksville Elementary School, led their parish in donations with Marksville High School collecting 1,055 pounds and Marksville Elementary School collecting 3,517 pounds. East Natchitoches Elementary (2,219 pounds), Provencal Elementary & Junior High School (1,174 pounds), and Natchitoches Central High School (1,523 pounds) made the honor roll in Natchitoches parish for the most donations. Rapides parish's leading contributors were Buckeye High School collecting 4,358 pounds, Pineville Junior High School, collecting 6,471 pounds, and Phoenix Magnet Elementary School, collecting 14,340 pounds. Phoenix Magnet Elementary School also took home top prize for donating the most pounds per student (26.41 pounds per student).
Five thousand dollars in prize money from the Tunica Biloxi Indians will be distributed to these schools for their outstanding effort to help the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.