How long has the Student Hunger drive been in existence?

The Student Hunger Drive was founded in 1986 by Pete Pohlmann in Davenport, Iowa and has collected over 13.6 million pounds of food valued at over $25 million since its inception. The strong tradition of giving and working with teens is now shared with communities across the US. The Charlotte based organization founded in 2010, is based on the same model of the original Student Hunger Drive and collected over 50,000 of food valued at over $100K in its inaugural year.

Where does the food go?

QC:  Food collected from the Quad Cities SHD is delivered to the River Bend Foodbank, located in Moline, IL. The Foodbank serves 22 counties in Iowa and Illinois. Food is distributed in Rock Island, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine and Henry counties to 120 different food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers, and rehabilitation centers. 

Charlotte:  100% of all food donated is distributed directly back to individuals and families that live in Charlotte and surrounding communities through Second Harvest Food Bank's network of emergency pantries.

Facts About Hunger

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure
  • Nearly 49 million Americans are facing hunger & more than 16 million are children
  • According to the US Census Bureau, in 2010, 21 million people lived in working-poor families
  • 36% of households served by the Feeding America network have one or more adults working