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Bloomington schools food drive nets 64,800 pounds

Bloomington Public Schools and its business and civic partners collected over 19,000 pounds of food and $9,104 in cash donations during its 9th Annual District-wide Food Drive that concluded last week.

Ridgeview Elementary School students help load up food for their first VEAP pickup.
This year’s total collection is 64,786 pounds when the cash donations to pounds conversion is applied. For each dollar donated, up to five pounds of food can be purchased. All of the food and cash is donated to Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP), a non-profit agency serving low-income families and individuals in Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield.
The annual food drive has collected over 400,000 pounds since its inception in 2009.
Bloomington’s public schools, early childhood centers, central departments, and business and civic partners participated in the drive, including Anytime Fitness, Avtex, City of Bloomington (fire, police and city staff), General Dynamics, Loffler Companies, Martin Luther Campus, Olympic Place Office Tower, Richfield Bloomington Credit Union, Thorud Inc., Toro, Yale Mechanical, and Walser Buick GMC.
Westwood Elementary School’s 10,023 pounds took top honors for the second straight year for the highest combined total of food and cash collected. Westwood’s business partner, Walser Buick GMC, contributed 1,480 pounds of the school’s total.
“Bloomington schools continue to do an amazing job to fill our food shelves at a time when the need is so crucial,” said Nathan Rust, VEAP’s food program manager.
The Parent Teacher Student Advisory (PTSA) Council, Bloomington School Board and its Youth Advisory Council coordinate the annual food drive.