Students Change Hunger

Thank you to all of the participants and donors in the 2014 Holiday Hunger Challenge

Join Students Across the State As They Help Feed Hungry People in New Jersey

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Thank You To The Sponsors of the 2014 Holiday Hunger Challenge

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Holiday Hunger Challenge

In 2007 The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties created the Holiday Hunger Challenge, challenging students and schools to raise food and awareness to combat the growing number of food insecure residents in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The Challenge helps to stock the FoodBank’s shelves for the busy holiday season.

Five years and over 150,000 pounds of collected food later, the Holiday Hunger Challenge went statewide as Students Change Hunger in 2012, incorporating all five food banks in New Jersey.

Students Change Hunger is open to students of all ages who want to combat hunger in New Jersey. Schools are categorized by the size of the student population. The schools then compete with each other to collect as much food as possible for their local food bank. At the end of the challenge, schools that bring in the most food are presented with awards by their local food bank.

Each of the state’s five food banks also nominate five schools from their area to compete for the competition’s most coveted award, the Governor’s Cup.  Endorsed by Governor Chris Christie, the Governor’s Cup is based not only on the weight donated, but also on school spirit, active participation throughout the competition, student advocacy and community engagement.

Since its inception, the Holiday Hunger Challenge collected over 415,000 pounds of food for hungry people in our area. In 2013, 78 schools participated, collecting over 71,000 pounds of food and  more than $18,000 to help families who face hunger.  For more information visit

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 School Holiday Hunger Challenge

Pounds Per Student Award

Alpha High School

1,396 lbs of food / $2,601 pounds for dollars = 83.4 pounds per student

Heavyweight Champion Award

In recognition of the school who donated the most food throughout the competition.

Central Regional High School

6,781 lbs

Early Bird Award

In recognition of a school’s swift call to end hunger and donate food before November 1st.

Central Regional High School

6,600 lbs

Student Leadership Award

In recognition of students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, exemplifying the FoodBank’s mission to alleviate hunger and build food security.

Monmouth University

1,020 lbs: Including Pound$ for Dollar$

Philip N. Connelly Awards

In recognition of a school’s exceptional spirit, commitment and dedication toward the cause of fighting hunger.

Point Pleasant Boro High School

Marlboro Middle School

Midstreams Elementary School

iPlay America Awards

For schools which donated the most pounds of food in their division.

Lanes Mills Elementary School

2,496 lbs

Howell Middle School South

3,137 lbs

Central Regional High School

6,781 lbs

Division Awards

(All totals include Including Pound$ for Dollar$ and Bonuses)

Division 2 Pre-School: Ocean Early Childhood Center, 169 lbs

Division 3 Pre-School: The Goddard School of Wall, 378 lbs

Division 1 Elementary: New Road School of Ocean County, 274 lbs

Division 2 Elementary: The Brookside Elementary School, 919 lbs

Division 3 Elementary: H.W. Mountz Elementary School, 1,082.51 lbs

Division 4 Elementary: Brielle Elementary School, 5,929 lbs

Division 5 Elementary: Emma Havens Young Elementary School, 4,547 lbs

Division 2 Intermediate: Manalapan Englishtown Middle School, 353 lbs

Division 3 Intermediate: Cedar Drive Middle School, 4,765 lbs

Division 4 Intermediate: Eisenhower Middle School, 4,340.9 lbs

Division 5 Intermediate: Howell Middle School South, 3,387 lbs

Division 1 High School: Alpha School, 4,167 lbs

Division 2 High School: Harbor High School, 1,357 lbs

Division 3 High School: OCTVS MATES Academy, 1,359 lbs

Division 4 High School: Shore Regional High School, 869 lbs

Division 5 High School: Central Regional High School, 7,641 lbs

Division 6 High School: Manalapan High School, 1,602 lbs

Division 6 College: Monmouth University, 1,020 lbs

Spirit of Giving Awards

In recognition a school’s exceptional leadership and commitment to relieving hunger in our local communities.

Asher Homs Elementary School

Colts Neck High School

Drum Point Road Elementary School

Lanes Mill Elementary School

Howell High School

HMidstreams Elementary School

Marlboro Memorial Middle School

Memorial Middle School

Point Pleasant Memorial Middle School

Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School