After COVID restrictions limited Aberdeen and Hoquiam Food Ball activities in 2020, both high schools will team up for the second year in row and be able to do more this year in hopes of raising $70,000 or more for local food banks.
“While restrictions have lessened from where we were a year ago, we still need to prioritize the safety of everyone involved during the COVID-19 pandemic,” read a joint statement from both high schools’ ASB advisors.
The ASB programs from each high school will work together to collect monetary donations, nonperishable food donations, as well as host events — both separately and together. The grand total of food and funds will be distributed to every organization that the Hoquiam and Aberdeen school districts have previously donated to.
Last year was the first time the schools worked as a team, and they were able to collect 1,487 pounds of food for local food banks and more than $65,000 in donations, well below the usual totals but extraordinary with many of the usual activities limited because of pandemic restrictions.
Food Ball will run Friday, Oct. 29 through Monday, Nov. 8. Event details from each school will be coming soon.
“We ask for your support in our efforts, and encourage you to donate beginning Oct. 29,” read the statement. “We hope to see many community members at our events.”