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Osakis FCCLA hosts food drive, other events to address food needs in community

Food drive goes through Thursday, Dec. 23.

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Members of the Osakis FCCLA are hosting a food drive through Thursday, Dec. 23. Food items, as well as cash donations, can be dropped off at both the elementary and senior high school offices. Osakis seniors, Anna Woidyla and Laureen Walter, teamed up together for the project. Contributed photo

Students in the Osakis Family, Career, Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA, are on a mission to help those with food insecurities.

They are hosting a food drive through Thursday, Dec. 23.

“Ever since I joined FCCLA in 2017, I have wanted to do a service project,” said Laureen Walter, a student at Osakis High School. “This year, I am a senior and I knew it was now or never.”

Determined to do a chapter service project, Laureen, who is vice president of the organization, teamed up with her friend and president of the FCCLA, Anna Woidyla.

The pair decided that together they could create a very successful project and identified food insecurity as the biggest need in their community, said Walter.

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Laureen Walter

“Together, we are striving to fight hunger,” she said.

Woidyla explained that a chapter service project is a project that addresses and takes action on a community need. The food drive provides the Osakis FCCLA, as well as the community, to contribute and recognize there is food insecurity throughout the community.

“FCCLA is a very valuable organization that allows students to grow as individuals and leaders,” said Woidyla. “Laureen and I feel very passionate about FCCLA as it has helped us grow in friendship, leadership and manage our responsibilities.”

In a post on the Osakis Public School’s Facebook page, the students noted that food insecurities are not only one of the biggest problems in the school and community, but also the state, country and world.

The post indicated that food insecurity impacts one in 11 Minnesotans, one in 12 Americans and one in four people globally.

Non-perishable food items that are not expired, as well as cash donations, can be dropped off at the offices at both the Osakis Elementary School and the Osakis High School.

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All food and cash donations will then be distributed to food shelves in both Douglas County and Todd County.

The food drive is not the only project the FCCLA will be working on, according to Woidyla and Walter.

Woidyla said that on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. there will be a Backpack Attack event taking place at the Osakis High School.

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Anna Woidyla

“In addition, in partnership with the United Way, there is a food packing event every month at a local church. Laureen and I, along with members of the Osakis FCCLA, have been involved in these activities,” said Woidyla.

Walter added that on Friday, Jan. 28, the FCCLA will be hosting a Harvest Pack event. Harvest Pack is a nonprofit organization that the group is partnering with.

The event will take place at the Osakis High School and will include members of the FCCLA, student council, other leadership and students from the Class of 2022. They will be packing a soy-rice casserole in an assembly line method, said Walter.

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The meals will then be shipped to Haiti.

“The event costs $7,500 to package 30,000 meals,” Walter said. “We are still in need of donations in order to make this event possible. Any contribution you are able to make is greatly appreciated.”

Donations for the packing event can be sent to Osakis Public School, c/o Brad Hoffarth, 500 E. First Ave., P.O. Box X, Osakis, MN 56360. Checks can be made out to Osakis Public School FCCLA.

Any questions about any of the events can be sent to Walter at 22lwalter@osakis.k12.mn.us or texted to 320-491-2468.

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