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Philomath High School’s student government organization will kick off a canned food drive on Tuesday to benefit the Philomath Food Bank. The food drive will run until Feb. 11.

Although food drives have been organized in the past, Associated Student Body’s Sophie Robinson said this year’s event features multiple steps that will make it unique.

For starters, the public can donate canned goods and nonperishable food items at the Philomath High School office, which is open from 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

In addition, PHS home basketball games on Jan. 25, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 will feature food donation boxes for people to place canned goods.

“When they donate, we will give them tickets corresponding with the number of items they donated and they will then be entered into a drawing,” Robinson explained to the Philomath School Board last week during an ASB report. “We have contacted local businesses around the area to donate gift cards or clothing as prizes for these raffle drawings.”

Robinson said those participating also have handmade donation boxes in their own businesses where people can drop off canned goods.

“The other part of this event involves the students,” Robinson said. “Like our candy grams around the holidays that earned over $100 for Polar Plunge, we will set up a booth at lunch where students can trade in cans of food for Valentine’s cards that will be delivered during the third period on Valentine’s Day.”

Added Robinson, “We think this could be very popular and we are excited to see how much food we can bring in.”

Philomath Community Services publishes a webpage with information that includes days and hours of operation, eligibility requirements and various other details.