Students at Flamson Middle School in Paso Robles learned about the importance of giving back to the community through a ‘Smash Hunger’ event on Thursday.
Smash Hunger was created in 2009 by Highlands Church in Paso Robles to teach young adults how to help their neighbors by donating cash or canned goods to go to local food banks serving those who are looking for their next meal.
The church changed up the typical fundraising method this year by trading out the opportunity to smash a car with throwing water balloons at teacher and minister volunteers.
If the students donated $1 to the cause or brought in three cans, they were able to splash the volunteer of their choice. The students also received a Smash Hunger shirt for participating in the program.
All of the donations received stay locally in the Paso Robles area, going to food banks which shelves run empty during the holiday season due to a higher demand of meals.
According to Pastor of Missions and Congregational Care Katy Griffin, Smash Hunger has raised about $15,000 and thousands of cans throughout the 10 years of the program.