Image courtesy Renville County Sheriff’s Office

Last week, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office completed their second annual Sheriff’s Office Food Drive, which supports the Renville County Food Shelf.  The Sheriff’s Office coordinates the event with each of the elementary schools in Renville County as well as several churches from throughout the county.  This year, actual food items were collected at each school, while monetary donations were collected from participating churches.

Like last year’s food drive, the grade or class that brought the most food in each of the schools won a “classroom donut party with the cops”. Similarly, the church congregation that raised the most money for the cause is treated to after-worship coffee and donuts, served by Sheriff’s Office staff.

In total, the 2023 food drive collected 9,390 pounds of food and $9,214.00 in cash for the Renville County Food Shelf:

The winners of this year’s food drive are as follows:

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart:  4th Grade

St. Mary’s School:  Kindergarten-1st Grade

Prairie Lutheran School:  4th Grade

Cedar Mountain:  2nd Grade

BOLD:  Mrs. Steffel/Mrs. Iverson

Renville County West:  5th Grade

Of nine participating churches in Renville County, the congregation that raised the most money was First Lutheran Church in Hector.

“For the second year in a row, our Renville County schools and churches really came through!” said Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable.  “We are so grateful for their generosity and their willingness to partner with us, which is not only a huge benefit to the food shelf, but gives us the opportunity to be out in the community and in front of kids to offer a very positive interaction and a powerful message about giving, especially before the holiday season.”

“We can’t wait to share our stereotypical love for donuts with the winners!” Sheriff Hable added.