Student's car and food collection stolen

Student's car and food collection stolen »Play Video

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. -- A different kind of hunger games are underway at Mountlake Terrace High School, where students are competing to gather more goods than their food drive rivals at Lynnwood High.

"This year kids did 20,000 cans of food, which is remarkable considering the last five years we barely broke 10,000 cans," said Principal Greg Schwab.

After hours of collecting cans in the cold outside a grocery store, student Allana Ford-Froelich stuffed five carts of food in her trunk.

"My trunk was full. I almost couldn't shut it. I went out to dinner with co-workers, I come out and my car is gone. It's missing. We have no food," Ford-Froelich said.

The Honda she bought with her own money wasn't the 17-year-old senior's first concern.

"I wasn't so worried about the car. The first thing was what about all the food that I just got. It's gone," she said.

The theft frustrated her principal.

"You know it's amazing when you get these kids to go out into the community to step outside of themselves and want to do something to help other people and then to have something like this happen. It's like are you kidding me? There's a Grinch out there somewhere that just doesn't understand what we're trying to do," Schwab said.

The KOMO 4 Problem Solvers surprised Allana during school lunch with a $250 shopping spree back at the Albertsons that let the kids collect out front. She filled up her carts and was surprised again to learn Albertsons matched the $250 donation. 

"Even though I don't have a car, it's not the worst thing. I'm still giving people food that they need," she said.

Thursday she finds out if her huge food bank donation is enough to help school win the hunger games food drive competition.