Vernon High School, the school year's final Champion for Charity, collected 16,620 pounds of food for Sussex County residents in need.
In an effort to fight hunger in Sussex County, Vernon High School participated in Champions for Charity on June 1, 2010. They were the last school to hold a food drive during the 2009/2010 school year.
They collected 16,820 pounds of food in a food drive lead by Suzanne Ross, Peer Group Advisor; Sarah Ulrich, Peer Group Co-Advisor; Kellie Frey, Student Council Advisor; and Kathi Belli, Student Council/Peer Group Advisor at Glen Meadow Middle School. Students raised funds to purchase food, held “hat days” and “tie dye days” for students, “jeans days” for teachers, and offered homework comps in exchange for food items.
Vernon came in second in the number of pounds of food collected since Freeholder Director Jeffrey M. Parrott initiated the Champions for Charity food drive program in November 2009. The ten Sussex County high schools collected a total of 88,480 pounds of food, starting with Pope John XXIII Regional High School, which raised 12,120 pounds of food. They were followed by High Point Regional High School with 5,650 pounds, Wallkill Valley Regional High School with 7,950 pounds, and Sparta High School, which collected 19, 930 pounds of food, the highest amount of any participating school. Newton High School weighed in at 7,170 pounds of food, Sussex County Technical School weighed in at 5,550 pounds, Kittatinny Regional High School weighed in at 2,880, followed by Hopatcong High School with 2,890 pounds, Lenape Valley Regional High School with 7,520 pounds, and Vernon’s 16,820 pounds of food.
Because of Champions for Charity, Sussex County is the only county in New Jersey that is not currently struggling to keep the shelves of its food pantry stocked. The combined efforts and generosity of students and teachers throughout the County have made it possible to maintain enough food to meet current and short-term future demand.