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|Letter Carriers' Food Drive a Huge Success for FISH
|A weekend event run by postal carriers in the area has filled a local food pantry to its rafters. Saturday marked the 17th annual "Stamp Out Hunger" program sponsored by the United States Postal Service, which had letter carriers picking up donated canned and boxed goods from residences as they made their usual Saturday morning mail drop off.
Lori Keegan, a volunteer with the FISH Food Pantry in Galesburg, says the pantry netted nearly 17,000 pounds of food for FISH to pass out to those who are in need of a little extra help. Keegan tells WGIL even though residents may be going through tough times now, they are still willing to help others.
"The people just keep bringing (the food) out," Keegan said. "I was talking to one of the drivers (Saturday), and he said it just seems the harder the times, the more people give; because they realize that there are other people in the situation that they are in, and they need to give as much as they can. Some give a couple cans of vegetables. Some of them give us a whole meal. It just depends on what their financial situation is; but we get a lot of food from a lot of different people."
Keegan says she couldn't have done all the work herself even though she's worked with FISH for nearly the last 18 years. She says usual volunteers to the pantry helped along with community groups such as AmVets and Knox College students to help move, and separate all the food that came in.
Keegan says she say all types of food that was donated from garbanzo beans to caviar.
To donate food or your time to help the FISH pantry, you can call them up at 343-7807.
|05 10 09 by Newsroom
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