Local students are helping feed the hungryFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Some tiny volunteers are helping to fill empty shelves and hungry tummies.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Some tiny volunteers are helping to fill empty shelves and hungry tummies.
Students from St. John's School in Wahpeton had a friendly competition to help out their local food pantry. It come at a time when food is needed most.
Box after box, can after can its clear to see, it's clear to see these students took the competition seriously.
Jacob Fenske- St. Johns School: "I donated green beans, all sorts of stuff from cans."
The two week competition put the school age children against the childcare students from St.John's School to see who can raise the most food for the Richland Wilkin food pantry.
Fenske: "It's really important to me because all the people who don't have food, that don't have a lot of food can have food now."
The school aged children won the competition. Their food totaled 230 pounds, but the childcare students weren't far behind. Their load came in at 219.
Fenske: "It's not about winning, it's about feeding the people that are hungry."
400 pounds of food can feed up to 5 families for an entire week.
This large donation couldn't have come at a better time. It's hardest for the pantry to keep up during the summer months.
Ruth Poppel- Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry: "Sad when you come to work to do our shifts you know and we look at the shelves and we think how much today."
This year the pantry has seen the lowest amount of donations in years.
Poppel: "Vegetables and our soups, can goods, we were really really low on those."
As the students load back up on the bus after a job well done, they can head back to school and start planning for next year.
Margaret Larson- School Age Director: "We'll probably do this again next year, and years on."
Every year the need continues to grow. The pantry typically serves an average of 120 families a month. This month 155 families