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Published November 23, 2009, 08:46 AM

Students fill the Fargodome with food

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Fargodome was filled with sandbags in the spring. Tonight it's full of food. The student-led Fill the Dome project is almost complete, but did it reach its lofty goals? It's a movement that brings area high school students together, teenagers with huge goals to raise hunger awareness and make a difference in the community.

By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY



Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Fargodome was filled with sandbags in the spring. Tonight it's full of food. The student-led Fill the Dome project is almost complete, but did it reach its lofty goals? It's a movement that brings area high school students together, teenagers with huge goals to raise hunger awareness and make a difference in the community.

Hundreds of students spent the day spreading all of donated food across the Fargodome floor. After only a short celebration it was time to get back to work, packing up the food to be weighed. More than 50 schools took part in the event; awards were handed out to Holy Spirit, Robert Asp, Carl Ben Eilson, and Oak Grove for making the largest donations.

“I see it growing every year, but in different ways. I don't know if we'll ever raise over 200 tons of food. Maybe some day, but I feel that the awareness piece and the programming aspect of finding the issues that cause hunger.”

When the food is all boxed up it goes to the Great Plains Food Bank and distributed across the state. The group raised more than 96 thousand dollars, collected 24 hundred signatures and 78-tons of food and there are 2-semis full of food, not counted yet.

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