To help the Marana Community Food Bank cope with a higher demand for food and higher food costs, Marana schools jumped in with donations.

During a one-week challenge at Rattlesnake Ridge, Twin Peaks and Coyote Trail elementary schools, students were asked to bring in as many cans as possible.

Together, the students from all three schools brought in 7,071 cans, said Tamara Crawley, Marana Unified School District’s spokeswoman.

After the cans were loaded onto a truck, they were then taken to Waste Management to be weighed. Waste Management then matched the goods pound-for-pound with non-perishable food, Crawley said.

The student councils used morning announcements, flyers and posters to remind students to bring  donations.

To determine the winner of the challenge, school officials divided the number of items by the number of students.

Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School beat the other two schools, bringing in 3,440 cans, for an average of 4.88 cans per student. Coyote Trail’s students brought in 2,079 cans for an average of 3.56 cans per student. Twin Peaks brought in 1,552 cans for an average of 3.135 cans per student.

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