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Michelle Gregersen, left, instructs youth on how to make a solar oven out of a pizza box. The activity is another part of the HAWK program that brings 4-H curriculum to children in their own neighborhoods every Thursday throughout the summer. Tribune photo by Jasmine Maki

Organizations working together to feed families and maintain kids' health


Among high stacks of boxes, four 10-year-old girls laugh and sing while fil-ling backpacks with food Wednesday morning at the Willmar Area Food Shelf.

"I pack rice and mac and cheese," Emily Morris said.

"And I pack Girl Scout cookies and tomato sauce," Julia Thoden added.

As part of the Willmar Community Education and Recreation summer program He-althy Active Willmar Kids, the girls play an important role in feeding families in need.

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