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Valley City State freshmen harvest squash for Great Plains Food Bank

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About 200 Valley City freshman spent Thursday morning harvesting more than 50,000 pounds of squash for the dinner tables of financially struggling families. The annual harvesting trip to the Dan Faust farm just north of Valley City is becoming a yearly tradition for the university.

Faust, a retired Lutheran pastor, grows the buttercup squash specifically for the Great Plains Food Bank, part of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. The semi trailer the students packed with crates of squash will be distributed to 270 shelters, soup kitchens, and pantries in about 100 communities across North Dakota.

The annual harvest is part of their Learning to Live/Living to Learn common course at the college.

"This service activity gives our students a clear message about the importance of helping others and giving back to the community," said Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU vice president for academic affairs. "Throughout their careers at VCSU, these same students will be involved in a variety of community service activities through the organizations they participate in and the courses they take. Activities such as these promote leadership and engaged citizenship-both important qualities for future success."

This year's harvest will be the third year for this particular VCSU Learning to Live/Living to Learn service project. In prior years students painted fire hydrants in Valley City and worked on flood clean-up efforts.

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