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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

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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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