Litchfield Middle School student council collected 444.5 pounds of food during a recent food drive and last week delivered it to the Meeker Area Food Shelf.
“Freewill donation is good to do,” fifth-grader Xander Chvatal said. “And it’s nice to give others the ability to have what they need.”
Meeker Area Food Shelf was established in 1983 and operates under Second Harvest Heartland, which is a food bank in the Cities. Roughly 600 clients per month receive 20 to 25 pounds of food via the county food shelf.
The Middle School student council this year includes 42 students, a mixture of fifth- through eighth-graders whose aim is to promote school spirit and work on projects to support the school and community, said Jane Meyer, advisor for the student council and fifth-grade teacher.
The student council has in the past sponsored homecoming events, including special dress and apparel days during the week. Unity Day, cyber safety and digital citizenship have also been organized by the council, Meyer said.
But for November, the student council sponsored a Holiday Dinner for Thanksgiving.
“The amount of food that they brought is a very large amount,” said Jayme Revermann, executive director of the Meeker Area Food Shelf. “They brought in Thanksgiving baskets, so people will be able to have family dinners together.”
“It feels good to give back to the community and make sure everyone has something,” Kelsey Palmer, 12, said.
The donations were from students and the community, which Meyer said took two weeks to collect. Some students may not have Thanksgiving dinner, which is why, Meyer added, they’re trying to address the issue.
“So everything except the perishables,” Meyer said. “And some of the boxes have $20 gift cards for families to go and purchase the perishable items — the milk, the bread, the butter — all the good stuff.”
“We’re really appreciative for all that the community does for us,” Revermann said. “Our program is run based off the donations, and we’re really lucky that our community sees the need to support other community members facing food insecurity.”