The Valley City School District's major campaign to collect food for those in need begins Wednesday, albeit under a new name, “Stuff The Truck.”
Last year the effort went under the name “Pack The HAC.” The new name brings the effort full circle, said Cindy Waagen, director of Marketplace Foods.
“That was our original name,” when Marketplace Foods started the effort in 2000, Waagen said Wednesday.
The Valley City School District took over leadership in about 2005, Waagen said. “When it was done by Marketplace the schools were always involved,” she said.
The name was changed because of changes to the program this year, said Angela Van Bruggen, student council advisor at Valley City High School.
Van Bruggen said Wednesday that in the past, the effort was called Pack the HAC because food collected was spread over the floor of the school district facility, similar to the youth-led Fill the Dome effort in Fargo.
“In Pack the HAC we spread the food out over the floor – we found out a lot of the stuff got damaged. (This year) we're trying to streamline and just collect as much as we can.”
The major part of the 2012 effort is running from Nov. 5 through Nov. 14, but Van Bruggen said the high school is starting its effort on Halloween.
“On Nov. 14 we will have kids there to pack up the food and put it into a Coke truck,” Van Bruggen said.
Waagen said the Jamestown Coca Cola distributor is providing the truck and transportation for the food.
“We are taking it straight to the Barnes County Food Pantry in town, and the kids will help unpack. Hopefully we will have lots of time, because we will have lots of stuff,” Van Bruggen said.
Helping to encourage Valley City School District classes to participate in this year's effort will be “class contests to see who gets the most stuff,” Van Bruggen said.
All Barnes County School Districts including the St. Catherine School have been invited to participate and collect donations of food, Van Bruggen said. Waagen said that reflects the fact all food collected will go to benefit Barnes County residents in need.
Sponsors of this year's program are the Valley City Times-Record, Ingstad Family Media, Barnes County school districts and Marketplace Foods, Waagen said.