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BRIDGER — Cole’s Pantry, a student-run hunger relief organization based in Bridger, was recently selected as a winner in the seventh annual Lead2Feed Challenge.

According to a news release from Cole’s Pantry, challenge participants select a nonprofit organization, and, working through Lead2Feed lessons, develop a project to benefit the organization. From the projects submitted for the challenge, Cole’s Pantry project received recognition for the dedication and innovation that participating students demonstrated while addressing an important need in their community: feeding hungry children.

To celebrate, Cole’s Pantry will host an open house in the FCS room at Bridger High from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Monday. A $500 check will be presented to Cole’s Pantry. The public is invited to attend.

At the open house, Cole’s Pantry will also announce new partnerships with Food Services of Montana/Billings and Meadow Gold Dairy. The partnerships will offer local fundraising opportunities for Cole’s Pantry schools throughout the state.

Cole’s Pantry serves almost 800 students who would otherwise go hungry through its 12 programs across Montana. No school or government money is spent on Cole’s Pantry programs; the organization is funded solely through donations and its annual fall benefit which takes place in Billings.

For more information, contact Marteann Bertrand, chairman, by emailing marteannb@gmail.com or calling 696-2144.

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