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Food collection is Saturday, Nov. 22

Bag distributors ran out of bags Thursday.

If you did not receive a bag, please place your

donation items in any shopping bag you may have for collection.

Volunteer alert! North Manchester

all-community food drive is Nov. 22

Cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti, canned fruit and vegetables, soap – all kinds of non-perishable and household items – are desperately needed as members of our community struggle through tough times.

North Manchester residents can help their less-fortunate neighbors during the 2008 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week collaboration between Manchester College and community organizations and friends.

Capping the week is the eighth annual Community Food Drive on Saturday, Nov. 22 for the North Manchester Fellowship Food Pantry.

Expectations are high. “In recent years, 2,000 to 4,000 pounds of food has been collected,” said Katie Garrett-Diener, student director for the College Office of Volunteer Services. “The North Manchester community is always so supportive of this event, and we’re confident that this year will be just as successful as years past.”

Volunteers are needed to distribute grocery bags to the doorsteps of homes in North Manchester, said Garrett-Diener, a junior political science major from Wolcott, Ind. The distribution begins at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. “Anyone is welcome to participate: students, staff, faculty, community members,” she added. Volunteers will gather in the parking lot between Garver and East residence halls, on East Street.

Volunteers will collect the filled bags between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Nov. 22. (A Monday sweep of the community will collect any remaining bags.)

To volunteer to distribute or collect the bags (donated by Lance’s Food Market), contact the Manchester College Office of Volunteer Services at or 982-5084.

Open 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at 500 N. Front St., and sponsored by the Fellowship of Churches, the Fellowship Food Pantry is no stranger to volunteers. “We have had about 60 families volunteering each week,” said Rowena Greer, volunteer supervisor. “We accept any items,” she added.

The food drive is a coordinated effort of the College Office of Volunteer Services, College athletic teams, Circle K, Manchester High School Key Club and individual volunteers. Following the bag distribution, volunteers will be treated to lunch by the Office of Volunteer Services.

Nov. 10, 2008

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