Last month, Thrivent Financial put forward a challenge to local organizations and charities in southwestern Minnesota. The challenge was this, if a group collected 500 donated food items this month, stack them into a pyramid, and take a photo, their local food shelf would receive $500.

The Clarkfield Area Food Shelf rose to the challenge spectacularly. Over the next several weeks, donations of cans, boxes, and other assorted food packages poured in from all over the community.

By Thanksgiving, the food shelf had exceeded the 500 item goal, and got to work assembling the items into a pyramid. The group submitted their photo and has since been awarded $500, which will be donated at a later date from Thrivent.

Even after reaching their goal, donations continued to pour in from local residents. By early December, the food shelf received an additional 200 food donations, bringing the total number of items to 700. The food shelf would like to thank all who donated and help the group reach its goal.