Forum staff reports, Published November 26 2013
Fill the Dome wraps up
The event that was started in 2007 by a group of high school students hoping to collect enough food to feed area families set a goal of feeding a half-million people this year.
The students began filling the floor of the 80,000- square-foot Fargodome with donations Monday and Tuesday after collecting donations for the past five months.
Final numbers weren’t available Tuesday night, but students from more than 50 schools in both North Dakota and Minnesota filled four semitrailers with about 183,000 pounds of donations, according to student leaders.
The food will be taken to the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo and distributed to people in need.
A large part of the donations were collected by student volunteers at local Hornbacher’s stores, which collected more than 2,500 bags of food that were sold for $10 per bag.
In 2012, the Fill the Dome project collected about 84 tons of donations – enough to feed about 128,000 people.
Fill the Dome is still taking monetary donations online at www.fillthedome.org.