PHS students collect 35 tons of food for Feed Our Families project

Two PHS students collect donated food outside of a grocery store.

The boxes of food stacked high on cafeteria tables made the Poudre High School commons look more like a grocery store than a lunchroom. Before the crack of dawn on a recent Saturday morning, PHS students and staff filed into the building to finish the tremendous service project they’d been working on for months: A food drive that collected more than 30 tons of food for families in need. 

By the time that Saturday, “Distribution Day,” as it’s known, rolled around, PHS students and staff have been hard at work for months collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for fresh food. These donations go toward feeding families within its school community. The goal is to give each family who needs it enough food for two weeks.

PHS student volunteers for the PHS Feed Our Families project smile at the camera.

Three PHS student volunteers accept donations of food in front of a pile of pumpkins outside of a grocery store.


In the weeks leading up to Distribution Day, students volunteer to work shifts outside of local grocery stores, asking passersby to purchase food to donate.

“It’s helping the community, and it’s really fun if you’re going with your friends,” senior Sidney Stapleton said.

This year, the school collected more than 70 thousand pounds of food – enough to fill nearly 2,000 boxes – and raised more than $10,500 for fresh food donations. On Monday mornings, when folks came by the school to drop off their donations, the community’s generosity was on full display.

“Cars would line up outside,” sophomore Casey Kraft said. “People would bring in groceries, and we’d sort them by each type of food.”

These donations provided 350 PHS families with two weeks’ worth of food. The remaining food went to other schools in the Poudre family: Bauder, Putnam, Irish, Bennett, Lincoln, Lesher, Wellington Middle, Cache La Poudre Middle and Elementary, Centennial, Compass, and Poudre Community Academy. 

Boxes of donated food in Poudre High School.