Knox County students hope to solve county-wide hunger with food pantry boxes

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Robotics Club students at G.R. Hampton had an assignment coordinated with the theme "city shaper," which all clubs in the area are to follow this year.

To compete in the lego robotics competition, students have been working to construct robots and making them work.

"For the robotics team, they also have to meet other aspects other than just coding the robot and making it do so many tasks on the board," said teacher Corey Bauer.

The teams also have to demonstrate the "Core Values of Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, and Fun."

For the assignment, students were to find a community problem and a real-life solution.

They talked to Mayor David Thompson and FRC coordinator Donna Woolum and came up with a solution to solve one of the biggest problems they face.

What they chose was combating the hunger issue not just school-wide, but county-wide too.

To do this, the kids decided they would collect non-perishable food and create blessing boxes for outside Barbourville City Hall and their school.

"We've seen there is a large population of students who get free and reduced lunch. And, those tend to be the students who need help but are too afraid to say, 'hey, I'm hungry,'" said Bauer.

Their biggest hope is that the boxes can be used when school is out, especially this winter.

Through the food drive, students collected 525 items of food and placed some of them in their boxes for the first time on Friday.

The Knox County Trade School put the boxes together for the students.

If you would like to donate food you can bring it to G.R. Hampton.

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