The Drive Away Hunger Challenge was started in 2012 by the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group as a way to help fill local food pantries by partnering WCS High Schools with GraceWorks. Since then the challenge has grown to include Franklin Special School District & Williamson County Elementary and Middle Schools and has collected more than 894,200 pounds of food for local pantries including GraceWorks, The Well, One Generation Away and The Nolensville Food Pantry.

The Drive Away Hunger Challenge lets each and every school participating collect for the pantry of their choice. We believe no one knows who is feeding the families in need within your community better than our schools. Here is some information about local food pantries we collect for as chosen by our local schools:

One Generation Away's Wishlist
One Generation Away's Wishlist
One Generation Away distributes healthy foods to families throughout Middle Tennessee that currently do not have access to food sources due to economic and physical barriers.
GraceWorks' Wishlist
GraceWorks Ministries provides assistance to our neighbors in difficult times. We provide a family with a grocery cart of food once a month. We provide Fuel Bags to food-insecure students each week. We provide Classroom Snacks to teachers for students that forget their snack or cannot afford to bring one.
College Grove Food Pantry
The College Grove Pantry serves on average 35 families (125-140 neighbors) 48 Saturdays of the year. It is a partnership pantry between about 15 churches and community service organizations and 85 or better volunteers. It serves primarily southeastern Williamson and northern Marshall counties. We offer what we call a "food box" weekly which contains the basic non-perishable food goods and have a "shopping" area in the pantry where neighbors visiting can select things from those shelves. The "shopping" area varies weekly based on what we find on sale. It includes rotating breakfast cereals, corn bread mix, laundry soap, and personal hygiene products as a few examples. All of this supplied at no charge to the guest and is meant to be a weekly supplement. It is not a week's worth of groceries for most families.
The Well's Wishlist
The Well began as a food pantry in a local church in 2006, with the goal of showing God's love by giving food to those in need. The Well Outreach serve people needing our services who live in Spring Hill, Thompson Station, College Grove, Santa Fe or northern Columbia.
The Nolensville Pantry's Wishlist
The Nolensville Food Pantry is a ministry of Providence Baptist Church. We are located at 1668 Sunset Road, Nolensville TN. Our pantry is in the PBC office. The Nolensville Food Pantry comes alongside families during difficult times to love on them. The pantry helps with immediate needs of food, household, and personal goods. We are here to encourage, support and love families the way God loves us, unconditionally.

Past Winners

High School DAHC


Ravenwood High School 50,356 pounds, 30.03 pounds per student 

Nolensville High School 29.16 pounds per student, 34,118 pounds overall 


Ravenwood High School 40,881 lbs total, 26.22 lbs per student
Franklin High School 35,609 lbs. total, 19.94 lbs per student

Ravenwood High School 31,351 lbs total
Renaissance High School 51.35 lbs per student

Fairveiw High School 11.01 lbs per student
Ravenwood High School 13,061 lbs total

Franklin High School 8,137 lbs
Fairview High School 6.20 lbs. per student

Franklin High School 8,403 lbs
Fairview High School 8.12 lbs per student

Middle College High School 5.90 lbs. per student
Franklin High School 5,579 lbs
2012-2013 Centennial High School 7,919 lbs
Middle College 5.59 lbs per student

Middle School DAHC



Freedom Intermediate School 16.57 lbs per student
Woodland Middle School 31,197 lbs

Freedom Intermediate School 18.08 lbs per student
Woodland Middle School 18,639 lbs.

Hillsboro Middle School 4.94 lbs per student
Woodland Middle School 4,950 lbs
Elementary School DAHC


Fairview Elementary School 3,913 lbs
Westwood Elementary School 5,014 lbs
Moore Elementary School 3,891 lbs

Elementary School DAHC
2018-2019 Elementary School Challenge 13,200 pounds
Scales Elementary 2,078 pounds
Jordan Elementary 5,701 pounds
Winstead Elementary 3,220

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1. Schools will compete during set dates.  Donations will be picked up within 2 weeks of the end of the challenge.   

2.  Schools are allowed to collect food and cash donations prior to these dates at official school events, however, the big push where individual students can bring in donations is encouraged during the assigned dates.   Each dollar raised will be assigned a weight of 8 pounds per dollar.  

3. For the middle and high school challenges two grand prizes will be given.  One for the school with the highest average weight per student (total weight of the food collected divided by the number of students), one for the school with the highest total weight.  Both will receive a $1,250 check for their school, bragging rights and the official Drive Away Hunger Challenge trophy for the year.   For the elementary challenge three grand prizes will be given- 1,000 pounds of food for each of the top three collecting schools. 

4. Food collected should have an expiration date of this year or later. 

5. All food collected must be individual or regular family size portions.  A 50 pound bag of rice, for example, would be collected and given to the food pantries, but its weight will be excluded from the contest.

6. Refer to your pantry of choice's wishlist for encouraged items to collect. 

7. Cash donations are very helpful to our pantries.   All cash donations will be included in the contest by assigning a weight of 8 pounds per dollar.  Any checks should be made out to your food pantry of choice with the name of the school in the notes section.

8. Once the results are known an email will go out to all principals.  All school principals may share these results with their staff and students at their discretion.  Results will also be shared with the local press, Darrell Waltrip's newsletter and social  and in the FSSD & WCS newsletters.