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Hastings food shelf benefits from big drives

The young people did their part and the community responded again this past week.

Five separate food drive collections helped to restock the Hastings Family Service food shelf for this upcoming holiday season.

A total of 8,452 pounds of food and $2,255 in cash donations were presented to Hastings Family Service Monday afternoon.

Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop praised the generosity of the of the community for its giving spirit.

"Every ounce of the food will go back to help people in our community this holiday season," she said. "It means, too, that we will not have to buy as much food."

The cash donations, all from Josh Fox and Joby Nolan's haunted house Friday evening, also means more assistance this holiday season.

In addition to the cash donations, the haunted house collected 710 pounds of food.

Both Fox and Nolan downplayed their efforts to help the food shelf.

"It was a fun experience," said Fox, who estimated about 1,000 people went through the haunted house.

The Hastings High School National Honor Society members collected 3,616 in its annual Halloween drive. The other Halloween food collection - the community party - generated another 1,077 pounds of food.

As part of a Hastings Middle School family consumer science class project, students purchased 609 pounds of food and donated it to the food shelf. Hastings area Girl Scout troops also held a food drive, collecting 2,410 pound of food.