SSP food drive total nearly triple the goal

Mayor Beth Baumann celebrated the food drive totals with members of the Mayor’s Youth Task Force and the Southwest Lionesses at the South St. Paul City Council meeting April 15. (submitted photo)

The South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force hoped to raise 15,000 pounds of food through its month-long community food drive.

Organizers gulped when a Youtube video produced by the group to bring awareness to the drive misstated the goal, saying they were seeking 15 tons--twice the actual amount.

In the end, they blew past both figures, collecting 44,501 pounds of food to donate to Neighbors, Inc. The final count, which includes both cash and food donations, was revealed at the South St. Paul City Council’s April 15 meeting.

The task force sponsored several food-gathering events throughout March, including the costumed Harlem Shake video posted on YouTube. The task force received an award from Neighbors Inc. for their creative food collecting efforts.

“I never cease to be amazed at the generosity of our community,” noted South St. Paul Mayor Beth Baumann. “They stepped up again this year help their neighbors in need. This is a great place to live or work!”

— Heather Edwards

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