Article By Luke Herbert
For two years now, the Crown College men’s basketball team partnered with the Waconia Food Pantry to assist with their “Stuff a Truck” campaign. In conjunction with Mackenthun’s of Waconia, local schools, merchants, and citizen’s donated an estimated 9,000 pounds of food to the organization located in downtown Waconia.
This year’s haul was bigger than previous years as food was distributed to area food shelves based on size and need. Local food shelf volunteers estimate that almost 30,000 pounds of food go out over the holiday season. A donation of this size greatly contributes to the impact that the food pantry can make with local families in need.
After pallets of food were unloaded from the back of a semi with the help of a forklift, members of the team worked with community members to form a human chain, passing the boxes and bags in through the basement door and window into three separate holding rooms. Once all the food was inside, the real work began, as the team unloaded, sorted, and placed all of the food on the shelves.
In all, the 14 team members and two coaches spent about three and half hours stacking ramen, sorting canned goods, and readying the four and a half tons of food for the community’s less fortunate.
“We love the volunteers and mission of the Waconia Food Pantry,” noted Coach Luke Herbert. “This is our second year working with them and we fully intend to make it an annual event. I’m really proud of how hard our team worked and the great attitude they had all evening. We’re really thankful to have the opportunity to see the community’s giving spirit in action.”
This story comes from the UMAC website.