Updated: 04/24/2014 6:02 AM
Created: 04/23/2014 4:23 PM KSTP.com
By: Jessica Miles
Students helping students, it's a lesson in giving at one west metro school.
"I like helping out the community itself, so it's really cool, it makes me feel really nice," says Abby Bertram, a fifth-grader at Concord Elementary School in Edina.
Fellow student Kevin Bourgeault agrees.
"It's really nice. It's kinda cool that you don't usually get to do a food drive and I like it a lot."
Concord Elementary students are collecting food and household items for those in need.
In its third day, already 3,940 items have been collected.
The goal is 5,000 items come Friday.
All of the items will go to the Emergency Foodshelf Network, a non-profit that helps the needy in and around the metro.
"What most people don't realize is there is a huge increase in need during the spring and summer months because kids on free and reduced lunches no longer have access to that once school is out," says Rae Blaylark with Emergency Foodshelf Network.
Last year Concord students donated more than 5,000 items and raised $500, which ultimately provided more than 3,500 meals and helped more than 100 families.