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Mount Si students make video on food bank's needs

Student videographers at Mount Si High School are producing a video documenting the needs of the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank, while it gears up for a donation campaign.

A dozen students in teacher Joe Dockery's video foundations class worked to shoot and edit the video, which explains the reasons for Helping Hand's upcoming donation campaign for a food bank expansion.

Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank has about 900 square feet of space, used for storage, repackaging and preparation. The food bank hopes to add 500 square feet for distribution in 2008, and is starting a drive for support in early 2008.

Students shot footage just before Thanksgiving at the food bank, chronicling the charity's lack of space, during one of its busiest times of the year.

The DVD will be shown to community, civic and church groups, and anyone who might be able to help with time or resources to build the expansion.

The student group got involved through the North Bend Kiwanis, a Helping Hand ally.

"We learned that our community is growing and the needs of the food bank are expanding, but the facilities haven't," Dockery said.

The food bank has such a great job, it's bursting at the seams, he added.

"It's a well-run machine, but they need a bigger facility," Dockery said. "They waste a lot of time moving stuff around. Last Wednesday night, it was cold. There were a lot of kids and families out in the dark, standing in line."

"Every square inch of space is used for multiple tasks," said Gail Gergasko, coordinator of Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank. "We're kind of walking all over each other."

Gergasko calculates that food moves about five times inside the food bank before it eventually leaves in someone's hands.

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