San Mateo High Conducts Record-Breaking Canned Food Drive

Students are hoping to break their own Guinness World Record, reached in 1999 and 2005.

San Mateo High School students are setting out to try to break their previously set Guinness World Record in collecting canned food.

From Nov. 16 to Dec. 3, the 1,400 students who attend San Mateo High School will volunteer their time to help raise money and food for San Mateo County’s low-income families, according to school officials.

The students are hoping to raise more than 300,000 cans of food, continuing their tradition of being one of the largest food drives in the nation.

Students are proud to provide the community with much needed food supplies and act as an example for their fellow students attending other Bay Area schools.

In 2005, students raised 372,000 pounds of food during their drive, which surpassed their previously set school record -- also a Guinness World Record set in 1999.

Community members who wish to donate may bring their canned food, non-perishable food items or monetary donations directly to San Mateo High School during school hours (7:45 am -3:15 pm) at 506 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo. Checks are tax-deductible and should be made out to “Samaritan House.”

During after school hours and weekends, students will be collecting at local supermarkets throughout the Peninsula from San Bruno to Palo Alto. Donations can also be sent to the “Virtual Food Drive” at the Second Harvest Website -https://donate.shfb.org/vfd/ (donor type: school, school: San Mateo High School). 


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