Roland-Story and Gilbert may compete against each other in sports, but when it comes to fighting hunger, these two neighboring schools have teamed up for the past several years to jointly produce sweet corn that is donated to local food pantries.

The two schools have a rich history within their agriculture departments in collaborating in areas such as leadership camps, travels to conventions and additional FFA leadership activities. On July 20, the two schools’ FFA student representatives joined together to provide a tour of their individual gardens as well as their sweet corn field to representatives of Land O’Lakes and WinField Solutions.

“The collaboration that exists between the two schools within our ag program has been a blessing over the years. A few things the students have learned is the importance of cooperation and teamwork. It’s also allowed them to make new friends as they work on common tasks,” said Brad Taylor, Roland-Story agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor.

The latest ventures that the two schools have teamed up on in recent years has been working cooperatively with each other to raise sweet corn and donate it to the food pantries in Story City and Ames.

The Roland-Story garden has made contributions this summer of nearly 10,000 pounds of garden produce to three different food pantries: Loaves and Fishes in Story City, the R-S Middle School food pantry and to Food at First in Ames.