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Nisswa students shatter food shelf donation goal

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When students at Nisswa Elementary School set out to collect food donations for Minnesota Food Share Month, they set an unrealistic goal of 500 items — unrealistic because they never could have limited themselves to that amount.

When the school bus arrived Monday, April 1, at the Lakes Area Food Shelf, the student council representatives unloaded 1,171 items (781 pounds) of food and some monetary donations.

Principal Erin Herman explained that the students were able to gather more than twice their goal because the school has stopped asking students to bring in single nonperishable food items. Instead, Nisswa students get a paper bag to bring home with a note asking parents to help fill it.

This change in tactics resulted in tangible success.

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