SATUCI-sponsored student group hosts food drive

T-R FILE PHOTO A Marshalltown Emergency Food Box volunteer is shown organizing boxed and canned items in this undated file photo. Donations of foodstuffs to the Food Box are especially welcome during the Christmas season, as many needy individuals and families struggle to make ends meet.

A number of Marshalltown High School students are proving it is better to give than receive.

The Students Making a Difference leadership team — sponsored by the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa — will be collecting canned goods for the Marshalltown Emergency Food Box at the MHS Roundhouse Dec. 9 prior to and during the varsity girls’ and boys basketball games.

Facing Fort Dodge, the girls’ game tips off at 6:15 p.m., and the boys’ at 7:45 p.m.

SMAD is a leadership group that meets at Marshalltown High School twice a month working on projects to build school connectedness, said Shannon Chyma, SATUCI Prevention Coordinator.

“At this time of year, SMAD believes it is critical to consider others less fortunate,” said Chyma. “Any contributions will go a long way to make someone’s holiday season happier and a lot less stressful. I recently attended a meeting with Marshalltown Community School District nurses and they said many families with students at Anson, Franklin, Hoglan and Miller schools are using the Emergency Food Box. Please help by bringing canned goods to the game.”

Chyma said this is SMAD’s first school year, and consequently, this is their first effort to help the Emergency Food Box.

SMAD is also collecting socks for House of Compassion clients.

SATUCI is a not-for-profit, state-funded, community based agency which has provided substance abuse prevention and treatment services to Hardin, Marshall, Tama and Poweshiek residents since 1980. It is headquartered in Marshalltown.

For more information, contact Chyma at 641-752-5421, or


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