Metro high school students strive to feed area homeless for at least three days

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Metro high school students want to feed everyone in need in eastern Jackson County for three days.

So on Saturday, they set up at the Hy-Vee in Independence. The students were up with the early birds this morning with one goal in mind.

“They’ve been working on this project for weeks,” said Doug Cowan of the Community Services League.

It’s actually a huge goal.

“We’ve been working with our schools and churches and local organizations trying to get some donations to help our goal,” Britany Copack, a student at Fort Osage High School.

In 12 hours the Youth Advisory Councils from 14 local high schools want to collect 10,000 non-perishable food items, which is enough to feed the hungry in Jackson County for three days.

“It’s called Global Youth Service Day and we participate every year,” said Amanda Knight, a student at Truman High School.

“One of the high schools in Blue Springs really took it to heart and put some signs up at the school that said ‘somebody that walked down this hallway slept in their car last night,’” said Cowan. “Just to raise awareness that there are people out there facing issues of homelessness and hunger in our communities, whether urban or suburban areas.”

The students and Community Service League depend on generous hearts to fill empty stomachs.

“By doing this, it helps everyone out. Just by having a plate of food makes there day better,” said Raheem Fielder-Bey, a student at Raytown High School.

And as the goods in the truck began to grow, so did confidence that this huge goal could be reached.

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