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Food drive feeds needs

October 25, 2000

Food drive feeds needs



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


With an increasing number of families in need of help from area food banks, this year's Bags of Plenty campaign is critical, organizers say.

More than 25,000 bags will be distributed to Washington County residents in Monday's Herald-Mail newspapers. Those bags may be filled with nonperishable food and dropped off at any of the sites listed on the bags.

"Last year we fell short of the 60,000-pound goal," Brad Sell, director of Food Resources Inc., said. "This year the need is more acute."

In 1999, a total of 11,041 families called upon the resources of at least one of the community food banks. Sell said that is a big increase.

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"We took in a grand total of 41,437 pounds of food in 1999," Sell said. While that amount was a ton more than the previous year, it was far below the goal.

This year about 25,000 pounds of food will be distributed to local agencies for Thanksgiving, with the rest available for December.

Those who receive the bags may take them to one of the stores listed on the bag, fill it with nonperishable foods and leave it at the store for pickup by volunteers.

FRI operates a 10,000-square-foot warehouse from which other charitable organizations can obtain food for programs for the hungry.

One million pounds of food will be distributed from FRI to the needy this year.

Canned fruits and vegetables are the items in greatest demand. Also needed are dry milk, cereal, noodles, crackers, peanut butter and health and hygiene items.

The Herald-Mail is joining in the effort with a number of other sponsors: M.S. Johnston Co., Allfirst Bank, Tristate Electrical, Cellular One, Certainteed and American Express Tax and Business Service.

If you'd rather donate to a food pantry in your area, that's fine, according to Sell, who said a list is available by calling FRI at 301-733-4002.

There are food banks in Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg, Williamsport, and Halfway.

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