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10th annual Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger event benefiting weekend feeding backpack programs and community food shelves

Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger is celebrating their 10th Anniversary.

There will be an anniversary event Feb. 10. Do not miss our very talented and local youth performers, silent and live auctions and stunning meal at Thumper Pond. A social hour and silent auction begins at 5 p.m. The dinner and live auction will begin at 6:15 p.m.

After a banner event last year, raising over $100,000 dollars to help those living with food insecurities in Otter Tail County, Friends of Friends welcomes you to join in this special 10th Anniversary event.

When asked why she thought being a part of Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger was important, seven-year member Catherine Barner shared, "I'm able to help people who call Otter Tail County home and continue to live here through difficult times. Difficult times pass and I know our work is appreciated because I hear it from teachers and school staff and families. Many people don't know this, but a lot of families who benefit from food shelves and mobile food drops, volunteer. They serve other hungry neighbors before they receive food for their family."

During this school year, 427 children will have been provided with shelf stable and easily prepared food-filled backpacks to bring home over the weekend. Why is this necessary? It is necessary because here, in Otter Tail County, we have children who, without their weekday school breakfast and lunch, go without food over the weekend. Your donation feeds children who may otherwise have two days of hunger before returning to school on Monday.

Please, join us in celebrating Friends of Friends 10th Anniversary at Thumper Pond on Feb. 10. By attending or making a donation, you make a difference to a hungry kid or family in Otter Tail County.

For tickets or information on how to donate, please call financial host, United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties at (218) 736-5147 or check out our website Your gift is the difference between a hungry and full belly. Sincerest of thanks for your commitment to our community and your kind generosity.

United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting changes that lift up communities around Otter Tail & Wadena Counties.