Ottumwa Food Drive a Success

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By Rachel Begle

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A food drive by students at Ottumwa High School was so successful that a crew that arrived to pick up the items had to leave in order to get a bigger truck.

The Ottumwa Courier reports that 1,000 students contributed more than 11,000 food items.

Teacher Megan Wetrich says the students were motivated by stories in the Courier about empty shelves at the Food Bank of Southern Iowa.

Classes at the school competed, and they stacked up the food in the cafeteria.

A crew drove out in a panel truck on Monday to pick up the 9,200 pounds of food, but the food bank's Neil Abbott says they expected about a quarter of what was gathered. They immediately turned around to get a bigger truck.

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