BY NOAH CASTAGNA
Cafeteria abuzz with booming music and anxious chatter, friends and strangers alike came together to contribute to a cause important to them: Feeding Children Everywhere. Last Thursday students, staff and local community members took to the CCHS cafeteria from 12:30 to 2:00 to give back by taking part in the annual event.
“It’s not only about the students themselves, it’s about helping others,” Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross, who has participated in the event multiple times, said.
Participants grouped together with fellow club members at tables where they packed meals (for an event total of 76,000) for less fortunate families in Cooper City and beyond. Families in need can request meals directly from Feeding Children Everywhere and 40 meals, like the ones CCHS students packaged, will be delivered directly to their homes in about one business day.
The annual school-hosted event was spearheaded by the daughter of a city employee four years ago, and from then on various CCHS clubs took part in leading the event, from DECA, to NHS, to this year’s Multicultural Club. Tables at the event included CCHS clubs and organizations ranging from the Thespians to the Science Club.
“It’s a great way to bring the community together in a positive way,” junior Jordan Chatmon said. “And it showed that a little time can go a long way.”
Feeding Children Everywhere was formed in Sanford, Florida after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti with one goal in mind: to feed underprivileged families everywhere. And feed underprivileged families everywhere it did; by October 2014 the organization had fed 20 million people in 49 different countries around the world.
“We feed faceless, countless, anonymous families from who knows where,” English teacher Mr. Osborn said. “There’s enough to go around, we just need to make sure that we share. That’s what it’s about: forgetting yourself, and just helping.”
For more information on Feeding Children Everywhere and how to get involved and/or donate to the cause, visit https://www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com/.