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College students help fill food pantries

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There are no desks or even books,just an open field where the freshmen class at Valley City State University are learning a big lesson. Close to 200 students are out here picking produce "We have squash over there," says one student.

But these vegetables aren't for keep. "All of this is going to Great Plains food bank, so this is a great event," says Steven Shirley, President of Valley City State University. The field of food which is donated by a local pastor, will be distributed to more than 275 food pantries. "This is the second year we've done this.

Last year, we had 27 tons," says Linda Sailer, Great Plains Food Bank. Once all of the produce is picked today, more than 42,000 meals will be served in the state. So although this may not look like a classroom, the students here are leaving with a sense of satisfaction. Something that can't be learned from a book.

"It's real good. I can't imagine to go hungry. It makes you feel real good," says Malik Timbers, student at Valley City State University. This project was part of Valley City State's "Learning to live, Living to learn" program which is for all freshmen.

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