Published November 23 2010
Fill the Dome raises $75,000, food to be weighedArea students saw their efforts to feed the hungry come to fruition today on the Fargodome floor, as the annual Fill the Dome event came to a celebratory end.
High school, middle school and elementary students set goals this year to raise 110 tons of nonperishable food and $110,000 for the region’s food shelves and soup kitchens.
At a news conference this morning, Fargo South senior Jennifer Storm announced $75,000 had been raised. The food donations, which covered much of the dome floor, will be weighed today at the Great Plains Food Bank.
“No matter what number we reach, this project is always going to be a success because this community is doing something amazing for its citizens,” Storm said.
Steve Sellent, program director at the Fargo-based Great Plains Food Bank, said the donations will play a “critical role” in ensuring enough food is available for the 17,000 residents of Cass and Clay counties who seek food assistance.
Fargo Shanley senior Dan Jordan said the Fill the Dome effort, now in its fourth year, will keep area food pantries stocked for six or seven months.
“It does make a big difference, and we do make a huge impact,” he said.
Seventy percent of the food is distributed to rural communities in North Dakota and Minnesota and 30 percent stays in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
“With the food we’ve raised today, I am positive we’ll pass half a million pounds in four years,” Oak Grove High School senior Joe Burgum said. “That’s profound.”
After the press conference, about 200 students flooded the dome floor to “drain the dome,” boxing up the food and placing it on pallets to be hauled to the food bank.
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