TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — Robert E. Lee Elementary School students and Morning Pointe of Tullahoma residents unite to drive out hunger.

For the sixth year in a row, community members are donating non-perishable food items to benefit seniors in need.

In previous years, Morning Pointe, in partnership with the school, has received several thousand donations to benefit the cause.

Donations requested include: canned items, such as soup, beans, fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, whole grain cereals, dry soup, beans and pasta, peanut butter and powdered milk.

The cause is also a contest, as the elementary school students vie to become the top performing class and grade to collect the most donations. The class with the most cans at the end of the week in each grade will receive an ice cream party. A pizza party will be rewarded to the class with the most donations school wide.

While students are racking up on contributions, the community can also get involved by donating to Morning Pointe. Each item donated to the assisted living community counts for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of many grand prizes, including a flat-screen TV, digital photo frame, DVD player and more. Donors do not have to be present to win.

The food drive will conclude with the raffle drawing and a Super Senior Bingo on November 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. That day, all donated food items at Morning Pointe and at Robert E. Lee Elementary will be delivered to Coffee County Senior Center, which will assist in distributing items to local organizations serving seniors.

The deadline to make donations is Tuesday, November 15. Donations may be dropped off in the front lobby at Morning Pointe, located at 711 Kings Lane in Tullahoma.

For more information, call Morning Pointe of Tullahoma at (931) 455-0860.