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Food drive update
MC and community food drives

collect more than two tons of food!!

The 7th annual Community Food Drive and Campus Ministry collected 2,450 pounds of food and toiletries for

the North Manchester Fellowship Food Pantry.

"We received a good variety of items. It was

a wonderful service," said Rowena Greer,

volunteer supervisor of the pantry.

             Food Drive collection is Saturday, Nov. 10


MC Community Food Drive hopes

to collect more than two tons of food!!


       Manchester College students are hoping to collect a record two tons of food from the good neighbors of North Manchester for the local food pantry this Saturday morning, Nov. 10. For the 7th annual Community Food Drive, local Kiwanis will join the College students in their Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week project.   

       Last year, the volunteers collected more than 3,600 pounds of food, said sophomore political science major Katie Garrett-Diener, a student director for the Office of Volunteer Services.  All food will go to the North Manchester Fellowship Food Pantry at 300 N. Front St. Monetary donations go to Bread for the World.

       “About 25 to 35 volunteers from both the community and the College participate,” said Garrett-Diener, of Wolcott, Ind.

       Volunteers are needed to help drop bags on the doorsteps of homes in the community on Thursday, Nov. 8, starting at 3:30 p.m. The next step is up to the residents of North Manchester, who are urged to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place the bags back on their door step Saturday morning. (Lance's New Market donated the bags.)

       Canned soup, vegetables and fruit are always welcome at the pantry, as well as other non-perishable items, said its volunteer supervisor, Rowena Greer. "We especially need toilet paper, toothpaste, dish soap and soup." About 50 area families depend on the pantry, she said.The pantry is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

       Volunteers will harvest the filled bags beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and deliver them to the Food Pantry. The drive is so organized, it’s all over within a couple of hours. Afterward, all volunteers are invited to return to Manchester College for a pizza party, courtesy of the Office of Volunteer Services.

       For more about the food drive, contact the Office of Volunteer Services at or 982-5084.

       Service is a part of the Manchester College culture. Last school year, students contributed more than 20,000 to service projects and activities. For more about the College, visit

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