YAKIMA, Wash. - There are just a few weeks left in the KIMA Kids for Cans food drive challenge.
Local schools are trying to collect as much food as they can to give to the hungry in our community.
Northwest Harvest said so far local schools have collected enough food for over 20,000 meals, but last year they had a total of almost 40,000 meals.
The competition between local schools doesn't end until January 31.
Teachers at Gilbert Elementary said their students have stepped up this week.
Byron Bernd is in the second grade and said he brought in over 400 cans just this week.
"I donated some of my money for the canned food drive," said Byron.
Byron's older sister Taryn is in the fifth grade and said she does it to give back to the community.
"So to me it's really big that younger kids understand why it's important to do it," said Taryn.
Sheri Bissell with Northwest Harvest says child hunger in Yakima is a problem.
Food donations will be distributed to more than 30 food banks in the area.
People can still sign up to participate in this food drive. To sign up or for more information, you can email Josette Gonzalez at email@example.com or call her at (509) 453-4407.
You can also set up a virtual fund drive here. Every $1 donated is equal to six pounds of food.
The school that collects the most food for the Kids for Cans contest will win a trophy and a visit from KIMA's Jake Taylor and Alan Sillence.