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Student business feeds thousands around the Tri-State during the holidays


While many high school students are relaxing over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a group of students from Ross High School is working this weekend to feed hungry families.

Jee Foods is a student-operated, anti-hunger nonprofit that grew out of a single class at Butler Tech. About 13 students and 200 volunteers are part of the organization, which reclaims and repurposes food that restaurants might otherwise throw away.

“Our adviser there taught us to run it just like a business. To us students, that was the first thing that provided the connection,” said Grimm. “So, we need to see ourselves as business professionals.”

That means some students handle the finances, some handle operations and some handle the marketing.

Every Saturday, students and volunteers unload semitrailers filled with food boxes. The boxes get loaded into vehicles representing 30 local partners, which then distribute the food. About 2,500 food boxes are headed to communities across the Tri-State within a few hours.

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