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Community businesses, agencies, and schools enjoyed some camaraderie and competition when gathering food boxes for the annual food drive for the Holiday Partnership.

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 - Middle school students help with the Holiday Partnership food drive.The Holiday Partnership Food Program has wrapped up another successful year. They would like to thank the community for its continued generosity to help others have a brighter holiday.

The overwhelming response from private citizens, government agencies, local business and our schools was nothing short of amazing. It takes many hands pulling together to coordinate all the food needed for this project.

The Crook County Holiday Partnership is a Crook County Foundation project. The food box program was coordinated by the CC Holiday Partnership food committee. They were responsible to collect and sort all the donations. There were 19 big red barrels placed around the community at various businesses, schools and agencies, and challenges were created to see who could collect and donate the most items. These challenges were responsible for a boost in food donations this year. The grand total for the food distribution was 14, 502 items.

It was a huge commitment to monitor barrels, empty them, sort, and inventory the barrels each week. The food was then sorted with the help of many wonderful volunteers by family needs, and on the big day, it was distributed at the 4H Clover Building.

Holiday Partnership distributed 445 food boxes that were set up to cover approximately six meals apiece. Each box contained a ham or turkey, ground beef, 10 pounds of potatoes, fresh fruit, vegetables, rolls, butter, stuffing mix, milk and a variety of other foods.

Plans are already being made for next year. If a business or organization would like to make a donation or to compete in a food drive challenge next year or find a competitor, they can contact the organization by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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