|7/26/2017 8:57:00 AM|
Record amount of mac and cheese donated
|Courtesy Delanie Strauss|
Boxes of mac and cheese collected by local Catholic students await distribution at the Portland Police Sunshine Division, the area’s only 24/7 food bank.
Seven schools in the Portland area recently competed to see who could bring in the most macaroni and cheese to help feed local children in need.
The seventh annual Mac Attack, which ran May 15-26, collected 5,946 pounds of macaroni and cheese to be distributed by the Portland Police Sunshine Division, the area’s only 24/7 food bank. The participating schools were: St. John Fisher in Portland, St. Cecilia in Beaverton, Cathedral, Valley Catholic in Beaverton, St. John the Apostle in Oregon City, St. Joseph in Vancouver and St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie.
St. Cecilia was the winner of the Mac Attack after a two-year lull. The winning school is awarded with a traveling plaque and a visit from a Portland police officer. This year, Officer Matt Tobey presented the plaque at a school assembly June 8.
The food drive was started by Delanie Strauss when she was a sixth-grader at St. John Fisher. As a senior at Central Catholic this year, she continued to coordinate the event and promises to do so while attending Linfield College.
“We were so happy to have seven schools this year,” said Strauss. “This macaroni and cheese will be used in the Sunshine Division’s summer food box program as well as the rest of the year. Sunshine now counts on this drive to bring in its supply of macaroni and cheese. We were thrilled at the response this year. Kids helping kids is our goal.”
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