GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Central High School is asking for your help to keep every student full and healthy during the holidays.
They are having a can food drive, but with a twist, trying to collect healthy items like low sodium veggies and canned tuna.
Students did some research in biology class and say only 55 percent of kids in Mesa County have eaten fruits and vegetables in the last week. They want to ensure every kid gets the nutrition they deserve.
"So all the food that is donated here goes local to all of our families, even could be students here at Central High who are struggling, especially over the holidays,” said Leah Braden, junior at Central High School.
It’s a competition throughout the district. The school that collects the most, and the healthiest, cans will get up to $2,000 from Burton Orthodontics.
"Food such as high protein meats, or low sodium vegetables are worth a higher point than just a classic ramen noodles,” said Jacob Bopp, Junior at Central High School.
They are also having clothes and toy drive as part of their holiday hero’s project. They say you can donate all those items to their main office until December 21. All cans will go to food pantries across the valley.
The school is located at 550 Warrior Way, in Grand Junction.