We're hard at work recruiting schools to go head-to-head in our Capital District High School Hunger Games! There are only a few days left to nominate your school to be involved.

For the second year in a row, WGNA wants to see which high school can gather the most non-perishable food in WGNA’s High School Hunger Games!

We’re partnering with Fidelis Care and Honest Weight Food Co-Op to bring this awesome program back for a second year. Last year, with help from our listeners and hundreds of families throughout the Capital Region, we were able to gather more than 20,000 lbs. of non-perishable food items to be donated to the needy in New York.

In case you were still unsure what the Hunger Games is and why you or your school would want to be involved, we wanted to share these three reasons to get you pumped to compete!

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    'Tis the Season for Giving

    People tend to feel more charitable as we inch closer to the end of the year. According to an Indiana University Center of Philanthropy study in 2007, people have a tendency to donate about 24 percent of their total annual charitable donations between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

    So if you're going to donate anyway, why not donate in this fun and competitive way by dropping off your non-perishable goods at your local school? Make sure your school is all signed up and stay tuned for how to get involved.

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    Your Principal Might Shave His/Her Head

    Columbia High School Principal John Sawchuk was seriously inspired when his school set a goal of gathering 1,200 lbs. of food to be donated in our Capital District High School Hunger Games last year. So inspired he told the student body he would shave his head if they reached the goal...and they did.

    What will your principal do if your school reaches its goal?

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    You Can Be a Part of Something Really Cool

    In our first year, the schools combined gathered more than 20,000 lbs. of food—something we are super proud of! We're confident that with your help, we can gather so much more, and possibly even double that!

    All of the food will be distributed through The Food Pantries for the Capital District to local pantries in the area, meaning all of your donations will help local people in need in the community.