At least one school participating in this year’s Student Hunger Drive has seen a huge increase in food donations.

Davenport’s Annie Wittenmyer Center raised 61 percent more food this year than last year.

“I’m so proud of my kids,” Rachel Cuppy, Wittenmyer teacher and the school’s drive coordinator, said Wednesday as her students unloaded food at River Bend Foodbank in Moline.

The school of 59 students has participated in the drive for at least 10 years. It’s one of 19 Quad-City area schools that have been raising donations for this year’s drive since Oct. 1. Wittenmyer dropped off its contributions Wednesday on the first of two unloading days at the food bank.

“It’s pretty cool,” Wittenmyer student Terrell Peters, 15, of Davenport, said. He’s in his second year helping out with his school’s drive.

Terrell had some advice on how to ask for donations.

“Ask politely and be respectful,” he said.

Wittenmyer student Quashawn Lee, 13, of Davenport, said getting donations wasn’t hard.

“We raised a lot of money and coins,” he said.

Another Wittenmyer student, Muhammad Flowers, 17, of Burlington, said the hunger drive gives hope to those less fortunate.

“It’s a good thing to do, serving people who need food,” he said.

Results of the campaigns of the 19 participating schools will be announced 6 p.m. today at the food bank.

“Our kids have been working hard to bring in as much food as possible,” Denise Hester, executive director of the Student Hunger Drive, said.

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