Friday Food Drive Targets Hunger

Decatur - Finding enough food to eat remains a huge problem for thousands of Decatur residents.  The 13th annual community food drive puts food on the shelves at food pantries at the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

“We see new people all the time.  Perhaps people who haven't had to come and ask for help before,” Salvation Army Captain Wes Dalberg told WAND News at the Salvation Army food pantry.  “We'd really like to see ourselves go out of the food business but it doesn't appear that's going to happen anytime soon.”

The United Way has helped recruit volunteers to help with the one day food drive.  250 volunteers are ready to participate.

“We do have quite a few volunteers,” said Debbie Bogle of the United Way.  “Caterpillar really stepped it up this year.  We probably have close to 75 volunteers just from Caterpillar.”

The food drive will be at the Kroger on Route-36 East.  It runs from 6am – 6:30pm Friday.

4.2 million pounds of food has been collected in the past 12 years.  The goal this year is 825,000 pounds of food.

(Pictured: Debbie Bogle of the United Way in Decatur)

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