High-schoolers raise nearly $10,000 for Walk to End Hunger

Students from the Forest Lake High School National Honor Society not only exceeded last year’s Walk to End Hunger fund-raising effort, they also beat this year’s goal.

For the fourth straight year, the group participated in the Thanksgiving Day 5K Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America, sponsored by the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Mosaic Company.

Last year the honor society members raised $5,600. This year they set a goal of $8,000. Due to a big surge in the final days, this year’s total was $9,800.

The 5K route is six laps around the first floor of the Mall of America. Walkers were invited to walk as much or as little as they liked and participate in activities and entertainment at three locations along the route.

Since its inception in 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised nearly $900,000 to help 12 hunger relief organizations in the Twin Cities metro area. The 12 organizations receive 100 percent of the net proceeds.