Spaghetti Monsters and Student Agency: Another Successful Food Drive at ISA

On Monday, our wonderful Facilities team donated the two full pallets of food collected from the Lower Student Council Food Drive to our partner the Sisters of Charity.

ISA has a longstanding relationship of over ten years with the charity, which depends on our support and food donations to enable them to help those in need. One way we do this is through the annual Food Drive organised by the Lower School Student Council, an established Fall tradition at ISA. As the days become shorter and the weather begins to turn colder, the ISA community comes together to help those most in need by collecting and donating food items. Each year, the Lower School Student Council picks a theme and calls on their peers, parents, teachers and ISA staff to get involved. Colourful and creative displays in the Main Foyer, where families are encouraged to drop off their food donations, are a staple of the event, with past displays including the iconic Food Volcano and last year’s beautiful Food Rainbow. 

Taking place between 8-16 November, this year’s theme was ‘Feed the Needy’ and, with the hard work of the Facilities team, an eye-catching display of ‘food monsters’ was placed in the Main Foyer. Once again, the ISA community rallied and donated an astonishing amount of food: two full pallets! The challenge of the ongoing pandemic made our community even more determined to continue supporting our local community and our partner organisation, enabling them to provide food through their soup kitchen to those most vulnerable in society. We have no doubt that the food donated will be much appreciated by those who received it.

While students were unable to attend Monday’s food drop-off in person, as in previous years, due to the pandemic, they have been involved at every step of the Food Drive, from coming up with a theme and pitching it to their peers, to putting up posters, and sorting and packing food donations. They even painted and named the monsters on display in the Main Foyer, with ‘Spaghetti Monster’ being a firm community favourite! 

Well done to the Lower School Student Council and all of the students involved for the commendable hard work, integrity and compassion you have shown throughout the Food Drive. Thank you to everyone who donated, and of course, to our wonderful Facilities team.