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Students raise $1,661 for food bank

December 03, 2008

SMITHSBURG - When Pastor Mark Mooney of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Smithsburg looked at the check for the Community Food Bank, he couldn't believe his eyes.

"The grand total was $1,661," Mooney said of the money raised by the Smithsburg Middle School seventh-graders during their annual walk-a-thon at the Antietam National Battlefield.

Mooney said school representatives called and said they did this project and the money was being directed to the food bank which is supported by the Smithsburg Area Church Association.

"When I went in, I said a few words to the kids about how these people might be their neighbors and how they made a difference," Mooney said.

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As president of SACA, Mooney said the gift will go a long way to help people who are struggling to make ends meet during trying economic times.

A truck filled with canned goods was also delivered to the food bank as part of the school project.

The food bank, which is housed at St. Paul's, is open every Tuesday at 51 S. Main St. from 10 to 11 a.m. by appointment. The number to call is 301-824-3521.

People can get nonperishable food items and vouchers for milk, eggs and bread to use at Smithsburg Market, which then bills the church.

Food, toiletry items and other items are also in demand. Donated money which is used to pay for some food items, as well as electricity, gasoline and other expenses incurred by the food bank.

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