Coupons fuel food bank donation for Kittanning Township family |

Coupons fuel food bank donation for Kittanning Township family

Louis B. Ruediger | Trib Total Media
Sixth-grader Aaron Dunbar shows his classroom's 'Turkey Wars' winning number of 437 donations at Lenape Elementary School.

Mary Dunbar’s experience as an “extreme couponer” was a boon to Lenape Elementary School’s recent food drive for the Armstrong County Community Action Agency.

Her son Aaron brought 240 food items to school during a week of collection known as “Turkey Wars.” Classrooms competed to see which could bring the most donations for the food drive. But the contest isn’t what drove Aaron to solicit help from his mother.

“It wasn’t really about making sure my classroom won,” he said. “It’s more about helping the needy. So I asked my mom to help out.”

His mother has been an avid coupon collector for about two years.

“Every time I spend $20 on food, I’m bringing home about $400 worth of products,” the Kittanning Township woman said. “We do stockpile food, then we regularly give it away to food banks or just whoever needs it.”

The family’s donations to the school included boxes of cereal, cans of soup, fruit cups, noodles, applesauce, crackers, cake mixes, Pop Tarts and instant mashed potatoes. The entire donation cost the family about $15 and a lot of coupons, Mary said.

And while winning the Turkey Wars wasn’t his goal, Aaron’s classroom did end up collecting the most for the food bank.

“This was a great way to help people,” he said.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected].

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