Pack the Tundra juice drive brings in more than 21,000 pounds
ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - WSLS 10 teamed up with Kroger and Feeding America Southwest Virginia to help collect more than 21,000 pounds of juice for at-risk students in the area.
On Monday, event organizers unloaded the juice collected during Saturday's event. Volunteers counted more than 63,000 servings; a 68 percent increase over 2014.
Organizers say nearly seven trucks were filled with juice and Chris Reabis of Haley Toyota says he believes this is the largest turnout they've seen.
The Hidden Valley High cheer team won the competition for the largest amount of juice collected for the third straight year, improving 35 percent over their last-year total.
Here are the results per team:
|Location||Juice collected (Pounds)||Improvement over last year|
|Hidden Valley HS, Cave Spring Corners Kroger||5,326||35%|
|Staunton River HS, Vinton Kroger||5,128||112%|
|William Byrd HS, Bonsack Kroger||3,876||82%|
|Cave Spring HS, Branbleton Ave. Kroger||3,688||34%|
|Salem HS, Spartan Square Kroger||3,047||N/A (first year of participation)|
Because of Pack the Tundra, more than 15,000 kids will have healthy drinks this summer.
Food resourcing associate Paul Henkel said, "There are feeding programs set up throughout the area and the juice will help supply lunches that are going to be served."
Organizers say they hope to expand the juice drive to other parts of the commonwealth in the future.
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