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Food Fight Competition Benefits Watauga Hunger and Health Coalition

BOONE—There really were no losers in this competition. Students in health and nutrition courses at Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University participated in a food drive known as the Western/Appalachian Food Fight.

fooddrive_m.jpg Students in the family and consumer science program at Appalachian State University participated in a food drive competition with their counterparts at Western Carolina University. While they collected 18 boxes of food to benefit the Watauga Hunger and Health Coalition, they lost the competition to WCU. As a result, they will display a WCU pennant for the remainder of the semester in their classroom. Pictured are Dr. Mary Dean Coleman-Kelly, left, freshman Emily Boland, senior Maegan Eichinger, freshman Melanie Klaus, senior Darren Deyton and Dr. Marty Root. (Photo submitted)>>

Students from each class collected food items for local food banks for one month with the class collecting the most items per student declared the winner.

Students from Appalachian collected 639 total items or four items per student while the WCU class collected 2271 items or 52 items per person. The loser displays the other school’s pennant in their classroom for the rest of the semester.

The food collected by the Appalachian students will benefit the Watauga Hunger and Health Coalition.

“Even though both our total collection and our collection per student was less than WCU, we still have a huge pile of good food here – about 15 boxes – and it will help a lot of people in need,” said Marty Root, assistant professor in the family and consumer science program at Appalachian. “I’m very glad that we did the competition. We have done a good thing for our community and for the understanding of our students of the nutritional problems all around them.”