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Volleyball team will pack meals

As the fall sports season approaches members of the Farmington High School volleyball team are doing everything they can to prepare for action on the court. But they're also getting ready to do some good outside of the gym.

On Aug. 19, the Tiger volleyball players plan to turn FHS into the site of a major community outreach project. The girls hope to pack 20,000 meals that day through Hope for the City, a Minnesota nonprofit that turns uses corporate surplus to provide meals to people in the community and around the world.

The idea for the project came from Troy Hedtke, who is in his first year as a volunteer varsity assistant coach for the Tigers. He was a JV coach last year at Rosemount High School when players there volunteered at Feed My Starving Children as a team-building exercise.

"I started kicking around that idea as well, but they (Feed My Starving Children) book out six months in advance," Hedtke said.

As he looked, though, Hedtke found Hope for the City. The schedules for that group were more flexible, and the benefits were much the same.

Hedtke sees a lot of good reasons to do the project. It gets the players together outside of practice, it does some good for the community --EMDASH-- meals players pack will go to the Farmington food shelf --EMDASH-- and it provides some education about the food needs that exist in the community.

"In the letter we wrote them, one of the first things we wrote is, one in 10 Minnesotans doesn't know where their next meal is going to come from," Hedtke said. "I think it raises some community awareness for the girls."

So far, at least, there seems to be plenty of support for the project. The project will cost $5,000, so in addition to packing a certain number of meals each girl is expected to raise $175.

"I've gotten feedback from the parents already," Hedtke said. "They're really excited about this."

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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