BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — A Thanksgiving tradition returned Thursday with the sixth annual Walk to End Hunger inside the Mall of America.

This year, the event expanded beyond its 5K family-fun walk to raise money for 12 Twin Cities area hunger-related charities.

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The the event raised $305,000 and had over 4,000 walkers this year.

“The money raised today will go a long way toward helping the partner organizations meet the growing hunger needs of the Twin Cities community,” said Lori Kratchmer, spokesperson, Walk to End Hunger.

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Special guests included five-time walk participant U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Sarah Caruso, president and CEO – Greater Twin Cities United Way and Corrine Ricard, senior vice president, Human Resources, the Mosaic Company

Since 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised more than $1.5 million.

Online and phone bank donation continue to be made and will be accepted through Dec. 15 and will be added to the final tally.

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