Updated: 06/27/2014 5:23 PM
Created: 06/27/2014 5:10 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
They've taken off their skates and laced up their work boots, volunteering their time to help kids in the community. Some young Edina hockey players are spending a little time off the ice this summer to help kids in need.
KSTP's Summer Harvest for Kids program helps kids get the food assistance they need during the summer.
The hockey team brought in 45 bags of shelf-stable food to Matter, a St. Louis Park organization dedicated to helping those in need. They placed the food out on a table and started mixing rice and bean packages to add to what they already collected.
Matter says it an affordable and nutritious supplement to add to these lunch boxes that will be picked up at local food shelves by kids and families in need.
Hockey parent Troy Johnson says it teaches these kids how to give back while also encouraging a little team bonding.
"What I like about these projects is it brings the kids together," Johnson said. "Another thing to do outside of sports and school and teaches them to work together and be a team, good building and bonding."