Annual football food drive set for Saturday

Last year produced a record haul

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor

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One year after its biggest haul, the Clark County Youth Football and Titans Youth Foundation Jamboree Food Drive is hoping to do even better.

This year’s food drive is Saturday at the CCYF Jamboree from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

Co-organizers Dylan Henry and Keith Lobis are both seniors at Union High School. Last year’s record of 100,011 pounds of food is a goal they hope to beat.

“The main goal is to help tackle hunger in Southwest Washington,” Henry said. “But we also want to give young athletes the opportunity to give back to their community. In that, we hope they will be inspired to become stewards in their community as well.”

Last year, 50 CCYF teams participated with 21 collecting more than 500 pounds of food. The event is Southwest Washington’s largest one-day food drive behind Walk and Knock.

Both Henry and Lobis played football with CCYF as children and are now varsity golfers for Union. The Union football team will collect food for the event at its preseason scrimmage on Friday.

“I really enjoy helping people,” said Henry, who took over as event organizer from his brother, Nolan, who plays football for Notre Dame. “I have a servant heart, and so does Keith.”

In its eight years, the CCYF Food Drive has collected nearly 500,000 pounds for the Clark County Food Bank.

While teams and players have been collecting in their neighborhoods, donations of canned and nonperishable food or cash will be accepted at McKenzie Stadium on Saturday.

For more information, email CCYFJamboreeFoodDrive@gmail.com.