Lemont HS Students Scheming to Start One Epic 'Food Fight'

Three teens are intent on fighting world hunger—and here's how they plan to do it.

Olivia Matthews, Hope Conway, Jenna Molaro. Photo provided.
Olivia Matthews, Hope Conway, Jenna Molaro. Photo provided.
Teenagers get a bad rap, and three sophomores at Lemont High School are hell-bent on proving it. 

"We believe that high school students are capable of changing the world, " they wrote. "Teenagers are passionate people, and we want to provide our classmates with an opportunity to funnel their passion in the right direction to change the world."

Olivia Matthews, Hope Conway and Jenna Molaro have taken on the challenge of bringing non-profit organization Food Fight into the halls of their school. The organization—both founded and completely run by high school students working together to eradicate world hunger—raises money to purchase, package and deliver food to those in need. The money is used to stock supplies, and during a "Food Fight" day, students gather to box them for shipping. 

Six schools in Chicagoland currently participate, so why can't LHS, they said.

The girls presented the plan to administrators, who backed their efforts for the day during the 2014–2015 school year.  

"I've always had a big passion for fighting world hunger," Olivia told Patch. "Words can’t describe our dedication to making this world a better place."

The team will hold a fundraiser May 18 at Front Street Cantina, 319 Front St. at 4 p.m. Ten percent of the day's proceeds will go toward the Food Fight. The event will include a taco eating contest, live music and a bean bag toss tournament. 

Olivia and her co-leaders are seeking sponsors for the event. Varying levels of monetary sponsorship are available. Those interested should email Olivia at omatthews97@gmail.com, or Jenna at jmo4433@yahoo.com. 

Additional fundraising events are also in the works. Check back later for more info. 

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