#kindness1billion: Here’s a photo collection of schools celebrating the season of giving with food drives

Valencia High Helping Hands Donation
Valencia High students organized a Thanksgiving basket drive for families in need. (Courtesy of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District)

Many schools and districts across Orange County organized food drives throughout November to help families in need feel a sense of hope during the holiday season.

The rapid rate of inflation, from housing to grocery and gas, has left many people across the country in greater need of assistance due to food insecurity. While families continue to turn to local food pantries and organizations for support, food banks are searching for more volunteers and donations to meet the community’s demand.

In the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Valencia High students from the Helping Hands for Future Leaders organization collected gift baskets to help families who depend on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act for assistance. 

“Participating in the Turkey Basket Drive is a wonderful way to ensure others can experience this season of gratitude and a delicious meal,” club President Eileen Kwon said. 

The OCDE Newsroom has compiled a collection of social media posts depicting acts of kindness that schools and districts shared with their communities this month.

GGUSD Wakeham Elementary
Sierra Vista Elementary

Don’t forget to log your kind acts on the kindness1billion.org website, or download our free app for iOS and Android devices. For more on kindness, check out these stories we’ve shared on the OCDE Newsroom, including the “Exploring Kindness” episode of The Deeper Learning Podcast, hosted by Orange County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares.