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Stuff a Truck delivers 23,000 pounds to food shelf

Students from River Crest delivered more than 1,100 items for the annual Stuff-a-Truck food drive. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Meg Heaton)1 / 3
Volunteers at the Hudson food shelf unpacked the donations collected by Hudson students and others.2 / 3
This year's Stuff-a-Truck food drive resulted in 23,000 pounds of food for the Hudson food shelf. Submitted photo.3 / 3

The annual Stuff-a-Truck food drive sponsored by County Market netted more than 23,000 pounds of food and other items for the Hudson Food Shelf last week.

According to store manager Dave Olson, it is the second biggest collection since the drive began in 2001. Over that period the collection has brought more than 180,000 pounds of food to the local food shelf.

The drive has always involved students and staff in the Hudson School District. This year also included assistance from the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce Lead Group, and volunteers from Youth Action Hudson and the Hudson Food Shelf.

This year’s drive also included a donation of six full pallets of food from UNFI - United Natural Foods Inc. of Prescott, the leading U.S. independent national distributor of natural and organic food. Delivering the food on collection day was UNFI employee Andy Watson whose stepson, Michael Bauman, attends River Crest Elementary. The River Crest donations also included baby wipes, towels and toothbrushes.

Students from River Crest braved a very cold, blustery wind to deliver the more than 1,100 items they collected for the annual Stuff-a-Truck food driver. From left, kneeling are Aidan Siebert, Charlotte Hedding , Samantha Busey; second row, Kadyn Berg, Camryn Coffey, London Gannon, Keagan Kuhl, Alivia Nault, Wade Congdon, Ella Swarbrick, Mitchell Anderson, Delaney Rehmus, Logan Webster, Olivia Harrison, MaryJane Jacobs, Maddie Schwab; third row,  Dave Olson of County Market, Andy Watson of UNFI, Michael Baumann, Madisyn York, Erin Miller, Shloke Jani, Nolan Behnke, Renee Bishop, River Crest Student Council advisor), Carter Schulke, Linda Jacobs, River Crest school counselor and Student Council advisor and Casey Coffey. Star Observer photo by Meg Heaton.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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