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Dearborn's schools team up to fight hunger, help families in need

Posted at 1:18 PM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 18:38:15-05

Students in Dearborn are teaming up to help feed families in need with the annual "Battle Against Hunger."  This year's friendly competition has a new twist.

The Battle begins Monday, November  13th.

The competition started two years ago between cross-town rivals high schools Fordson and Dearborn. They worked with Gleaners to donate more than 120,000 cans of food in two years. This year both schools reached out to Edsel Ford high school to join the fight.

Then organizers got a better idea.

“Then we thought, why stop at three schools, let’s go district-wide with this and make the biggest impact to defeat hunger,” said Raad Alawan, a local Realtor, who came up with the  “Battle Against Hunger” three years ago.


Now the entire Dearborn school district is involved.


All district schools will also serve as collection sites for students during the week of the “Battle" November 13th. The donations will go straight to area families. The feeder with the most donations will be announced on November 17th. 

Gleaners Food Bank will weigh and pick up the final donations from all schools the following week, just before Thanksgiving.  Students bringing non-perishable food items to school are encouraged to place them in bins or boxes labeled with their school’s name. 


“It is wonderful to see how our high school students and the students in their feeder schools have used friendly competition to unite the District to support a great cause,” says Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.  “The generous work by our students will have a positive impact in the community. I am extremely proud of our students and the great work that they are doing to support those in need.”


If you would like to get involved, email Raad Alawan at: raadalawan@gmail.com or call him at 313-333-5369.