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Fill the Dome Makes all the Difference to Local Food Pantries

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It's a student-run organization that has graduated to the big leagues. We're talking about Fill the Dome! Six years running local high school students collect thousands of pounds of food for local food shelves and soup kitchens. Valley News team's Eric Crest shares the story of filling the dome for families in need and the huge impact it has locally.

The event itself only lasts for two days but organizing this, doesn't happen overnight.

"The students here aren't just here to get out of class. They're here to help, and if that's not the reason they initially had coming here they're shocked by what our community has produced," says Vianna Verhow a Senior at Moorhead High School who is also on the board of the Fill the Dome Committee.

For the past six years it's been predominately students that make all of this happen. In that time almost one million pounds of food have been collected and another 350 thousand dollars raised. All for folks who help put food on the table when it's needed the most.

"I think some people kind of turn away from that and pretend it doesn't exist. But Fill the Dome is a great way to make people aware of that and recognize this is a problem and it effects everyone, everywhere, and that includes Fargo and Mooorhead," says Verhow.

Their ultimate goal here is to create half of a million meals. But what does that mean? Just ask one local food pantry they'll tell you this is the biggest drive of the year.

"We're really working hard this month to clear out as much food as we possibly can that we already have so we can make room for all that food. We usually get about two months worth of food we're able to distribute to members of our community from Fill the Dome," says Greg Diehl the Administrator at the Emergency Food Pantry in Fargo.

At the Emergency Food Pantry they say two months worth of food won't just feed individuals, but looked at another way, about 15-hundred families.

"If it wasn't for the Fill the Dome program we would be hurting for food for the people who are in need in our community," says Diehl.

"There will always be hungry people in our community and just because the dome won't be full after today doesn't mean peoples stomachs will be. Keep that in mind," says Verhow.

Numbers will be coming in the next few days as to how much food exactly was collected. But Fill the Dome is still collecting monetary donations. You can give now by clicking on the hot button at valleynewslive.com

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