Local High Schools Face-Off In Friday Night Food Fight

Photo Courtesy of The Pantry at HMUMC Facebook account.

Photo Courtesy of “The Pantry at HMUMC” Facebook account.

Gwinnett County schools collected more than 140,000 pounds of food for local food pantries earlier this November in the annual Friday Night Food Fight.

Normally when you hear that a food fight occurred in a school, it’s a negative thing, but this food fight is for the best cause possible.

The idea began in 2016 by then Mill Creek High School senior and student council president, Robert Philo. Philo, who is now a senior at the University of Georgia, still contributes to the event which he is credited for starting.

Robert came up with the idea after The Pantry at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church was struggling to maintain keeping food on the shelves. Robert’s idea consisted of challenging Dacula High School (Mill Creek’s rival) to a food competition, hence the “Friday Night Food Fight”. It was August as well which is particularly a challenging time for food pantries.

Susan Lang was the director during this time, and also Robert’s mom. Robert essentially solved both his mom’s and the pantry’s problem. Surprisingly after just starting, the event raised more than 45,000 pounds of food in 2016.

The food fight has continued ever since, and this year it hosted four rounds:

  • Mill Creek vs Norcross
  • Dacula vs Lanier
  • Collins Hill vs Mountain View
  • Peachtree Ridge vs South Gwinnett

And although this event is amazing anytime of the year, it is especially important during the pandemic that we are still managing.

“I think it is more important to do it (the food fight event) now because many families suffered, and are still suffering financially due to the pandemic. So funding for a food pantry is more important to do now,” stated sophomore Feliz Pearson.

Freshman Nadia Embry also shared similar thoughts and said, “I believe it’s important for this event to be happening now due to the recent product shortage across the world after the pandemic.”

Overall this event benefits many people, and gets high schools involved.

Feliz shared her final thoughts and exclaimed, “Community involvement is great for high schools because both the students and the community are benefited when clubs/groups help and participate in community events!”