Students team up with combat veterans to feed Montana service members

BILLINGS – In the summer, the field behind the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch is full of fruit.

“We had such a huge, I mean huge, amount of fruit last year,” said Jim Klempel, a teacher at YBGR. “Monday mornings we’d start at 6 in the morning and we’d pick all day.”

That fruit is made into jam by students in Mr. Klempel’s class. And, thanks to a recent partnership, the students are sharing the skills they learn in class with veterans.

“The berries, we use citric acid, pectin and after that mixes for 8 minutes we use eight cups of sugar,” said Brandon Anderson, an 18-year-old student.