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MSU students present Hope for the Hungry Banquet proceeds to Salvation Army

Friday (May 7), Minot State University students from an Honors 391 class, “Community Problem Solving,” presented a check for over $2,000 from the Hope for the Hungry Community Banquet to the Minot Salvation Army’s food pantry.

“We researched community problems and learned how to coordinate a fundraising event from beginning to end,” said Lindsey Eliasen, MSU student in HON 391. “Most importantly though, this class taught us how to bring meaning to our lives and become better people, through serving others.” 

This student-planned fundraiser included a silent auction, catered dinner and live music. To wrap up their semester of work, students also gave a reflection on their learning experience.

The class researched community issues and worked to find a solution. Despite a thriving economy, they found that many families in the Minot area still struggle to put food on the table. The goal was to make a long-term positive impact toward this problem. In addition to organizing the Hope for the Hungry Community Banquet, students also compiled fliers of resources, such as food banks and soup kitchens, to distribute to those in need.  For questions, contact Johannah Mayhew, MSU student, at or Jessica Smestad, advisor, at

Published: 05/05/15

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