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Forum staff reports, Published October 26 2012

Fill the Dome food drive kicks off Monday

FARGO – The annual student-led Fill the Dome food drive will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday with a news conference at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead.

The event will reveal this year’s goals for the region’s premier food collection event to feed the hungry, Shanley High School senior Nico Hanson said.

This year’s drive culminates with collection at the Fargodome Nov. 19-20, Hanson said.

Two early events in the drive will be a “Trick or Cans” collection Wednesday by students going door-to-door on Halloween night.

A student “Domecoming” dance will also be held Nov. 3 at Fargo’s Woodrow Wilson High School, Hanson said.

The 2011 drive collected 160,021 pounds or 80 tons of food and $80,000 for the region’s food banks and soup kitchens. That supplies about 443,093 meals, the Metro Area Student Ambassadors said.

The 2010 drive took in 97 tons of food and $75,000.

A Great Plains Food Bank spokesman last year said at least 67,000 people rely on food collected from Fill the Dome.

For more information, go to www.fillthedome.org.