Two hundred high school anglers participating in the Student Angler Tournament Trail event on Gull Lake made a large donation to the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes.

At the rules meeting the night before the Saturday, June 1, tournament, the group collected 349 pounds of non-perishable food items for the food shelf.

Organizers said the food drive exceeded all expectations.

"It is important to the leadership of this organization that we create positive impacts in the communities we visit for our fishing events," Tim Bray, Student Angler Tournament Trail board member and organizer of the food drive, said in a news release. "What better way than to leverage the collective power of hundreds of student anglers to gather resources from around the state and donate it to local organizations for distribution to those in need."

Rick Paine, food shelf director, offered thanks and an explanation of the impact on local families when he accepted the donation.

The tournament's annual goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of food, and organizers plan similar events at each of the seven tournaments remaining in the 2019 season.

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