Bloomington Public Schools will host its Ninth Annual District-wide Food Drive April 24-28 to help fill the shelves at VEAP's (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) food pantry at one of the most critical times of the year.
All food and cash donations will be donated to VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People), a Bloomington non-profit agency serving low-income families. For each dollar donated, VEAP can purchase up to seven dollars worth of food through its purchasing power with local food banks. Last year, food and cash donations totaled 67,828 pounds of food. The goal this year is 70,000 pounds.
The School Board’s Youth Leadership Council and Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) Council coordinate this annual event, which has collected more than 342,600 pounds of food since its inception.
The school collecting the most pounds (food and cash combined) earns the coveted We Believe Alliance World Record Food Drive Donation traveling trophy.
VEAP serves low-income individuals and families in Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and South Minneapolis. The organization's food pantry at 9600 Aldrich Ave. in Bloomington, serves nearly 8,000 people each month, making it the largest food distribution center in Minnesota, according to Nathan Rust, VEAP food program manager.
“Bloomington schools’ food drive comes at a high-demand time of year,” said Rust. “When school is out for the summer, a lot of the children who qualify for free and reduced-price meals do not have regularly scheduled meals.”
For more information, contact the district’s Community Relations Office at 952-681-6403.