Students ‘Stuff the Truck’

Valley City Public School students stuffed a Coca-Cola truck with 109 tubs of food last Wednesday for the Barnes County Food Shelf during its annual “Stuff the Truck” food drive.

For the last several weeks students from grades K-12 along with students from St. Catherine’s Elementary School, Maple Valley Public Schools, Barnes County North Public Schools, and the public (churches, Valley City State University, and individuals) collected non-perishable food and money for the project which was organized by the Valley City High School Student Council under the direction of social studies teacher Angela Van Bruggen.

In all, 4,395 items were collected along with $370 in cash. Valley City High School students and staff donated 1,165 items and $370 cash, Washington Elementary School donated 200 items, Jefferson Elementary School donated 56 items, St, Catherine’s Elementary School donated 100 items, Maple Valley Public Schools donated 1345 items, Barnes County North Public Schools donated 527 items, and the community donated 957 items.

Student Council members Aislinn Fogarty, Bethany Berntson, Nick Stevens and Kyle Knutson formed the Student Council committee that worked on the project.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Fogarty. “It feels good to help people out.”

The group made collecting food a competition by adding incentives for the class that donated the most food, said Fogarty. With $1 equaling one food item, students were challenged to donate five items or $5 each. The top two classes were the junior class with 398 items and the senior class with 340 items. Those classes get to face off in a dodgeball tournament Wednesday as a reward.

VanBruggen said thank you to all of the kids on the VCHS Student Council committee who put in time and work to promote the food drive in school. Also to Cindy Waagen from Marketplace foods who helped with coordination, Cindy Kapaum, John Samuelson, and Chad Bakken for helping out at Maple Valley and Barnes County North.

Leevers Foods is also sponsoring a Stuff the Truck campaign which ends Nov. 25.