Two Neillsville 7th graders Hold Food Drive

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The shelves of a new food pantry are close to being filled thanks to two 7th graders. The Neillsville middle schoolers organized a school-wide food drive in hopes of getting one-thousand items. But to their surprise, they far surpassed their goal.  Fox 25-48’s Jessica Bringe has the story.

Launching a food pantry is no easy feat. If you look towards the back you’ll notice our shelves are very, very empty. Director of the new Clark county food pantry and resource center Judy Marrow says since opening, food collection has been a priority.

Marrow: “We were actually asking people to share the food we had and come back in a week or two because we’re just kind of sustaining the meager needs of people.” Marrow says since opening only two weeks ago, the shelves are relatively empty. But with the help of the Neillsville School they’re not only being filled with canned good but necessities like flour.

Taylan Schoengarth: “We wanted to help collect more food for the food pantry because we came down here for a field trip and saw they didn’t have a lot.” Neillsville 7th graders Montana Opelt and Taylan Schoengarth set out to fill the pantry’s shelves by organizing a competition with the help of the schools FAA club.

Montana Opelt: “We didn’t think at first that we were going to reach our goal. That was 1,000 and we ended up get 2,100 and something.” Schoengarth says helping the community by surpassing their goal is a great feeling.

Taylan: “It just feels good that you can do this for people that can’t get stuff that other people can.” An effort Marrow says is amazing.

Marrow: “Now we can actually give them some food to last for a while, which is a blessing.”

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