Anoka High School students safely connect while making a difference.
There’s always a need at our local food shelves, but the need now is greater than ever. Students in high school youth service programs across the school district have continued stepping up to the challenge after-school, while participating in distance learning.
Each month, Anoka High School (AHS) students participating in youth service clubs meet after-school or at Cub Foods in the Riverdale shopping area to bag grocery items collected for the ACBC Food Shelf and Tornado Takeout at AHS. In October, students collected 33 full bags of non-perishable donations at the school, and in November and December – students assembled over 280 grocery bags filled with non-perishable groceries purchased and donated by Cub Foods shoppers. AHS students plan to pack donations two more times this month.
"Doing full distance learning and [being] more isolated since COVID hit last spring, has really made me more appreciative of volunteering, and giving back to our sweet little town of Anoka,” Claire Tembruell, AHS junior, said. “Being involved in different Tornado Service Club sponsored events has created a sense of hope and normalcy during these harsh times. It has been so fulfilling to know that as a club, we have made some people's lives a little easier by volunteering to pack food and engaging in numerous different activities to give back to our community!"