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Hastings Family Service earns $5k grant

Cub Foods celebrated its 50th anniversary with a 50 Acts of Kindness contest that put Hastings Family Service in the running for a grand-prize $50,000 grant.

To be eligible for the grand prize, nonprofits were nominated by the public via Cub Foods' Facebook page. The top 50 vote-getters were then pitted against each other for the $50,000 grant. Although, each nonprofit in the top 50 automatically received $5,000 and that is what HFS ended up with.

"This was such a great opportunity that we had to do everything that we could to get it out there," Hastings Family Service Associate Director Amy Sutton said. "But, regardless of the result we are blessed by so much support and so much love that week through the voting."

Recent donations helped HFS to serve 340 children in its school supplies program, the Powder Puff football game collected $832 and 397 pounds of food, and the Hastings High School girls' soccer team delivered $100 and 113 pounds of food.

Sutton said that although gifts earmarked for a specific cause are always welcome, the nice part about the $5,000 grant is that the nonprofit has the ability to use it where it is needed most.