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New Richmond, Somerset food shelves teaming with high school football teams

"Stuff The Bus" is a campaign tied to the New Richmond Homecoming football game against Somerset that will benefit the food shelves from both communities.

The New Richmond and Somerset food shelves are combining their efforts, hoping to take advantage of the interest in the upcoming New Richmond-Somerset football game.

The 2018 New Richmond Homecoming football game will be played on Friday, Sept. 21, against Somerset. The game will be the first time that New Richmond varsity football coach Reggie Larson will coach against his father, long-time Somerset coach Bruce Larson.

The event is called "Stuff The Bus." Each school district will have a school bus at the game. Fans from each school can bring goods for their food shelf to fill the bus; cash donations will also be accepted as part of the challenge. This is a friendly competition to see which community can get more donations for its food shelf. The winner will be announced during the football game.

Both school districts will be involved in the effort to benefit the food shelves. Teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade will receive information on a classroom competition in the school districts to help fill the buses.

The idea for the event came during a discussion of New Richmond Food Shelf board members, after seeing that the Larsons would be coaching against each other in the Tiger Homecoming game. Haley Hennlich, a member of the New Richmond Food Shelf board, said the event is well timed because food shelves always see an increase in demand at the beginning of school years.

Hennlich said the food shelves hope to make this an annual event for the New Richmond-Somerset football game. She said a travelling trophy will be made to go to the winning school district each year, based on a per capita level of success.

"It's intended to be a fun competition to draw on the communities in a way that benefits everyone," Hennlich said. "There are hundreds of families using the food shelves."

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for more than 30 years.

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