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Pantries differ on results of food drive

Posted by wlpo on May 14, 2016

Vanessa Hoffeditz is “thrilled beyond belief”.  The Bureau County Food Pantry director was laughing happily from the tally of Saturday’s Rural Mail Carriers Food Drive.  Volunteers helped get the haul back to Pantry headquarters across from Darius Miller Park in Princeton.

Hoffeditz told “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO” the Pantry counted almost 10-tons of canned goods, cereal and crackers from city and rural routes.  Hoffeditz said the astounding donation number is partly due to the bags the 12 carriers left on their routes earlier and the fact that Princeton and surrounding communities support the Pantry very well. The over 19-thousand pounds helps kick off the summer season when some of their clients will have children home for the summer.

Illinois Valley Food Pantry collected a significantly smaller amount Saturday.  Donna Hess, its Director, said LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby carriers brought in 4050 pounds of food. Oglesby’s donations are expected to add another 1000 pounds when they come in Monday. Hess said last year’s total was about double of this year’s amount.  She would not speculate on why donations were down this year. It does create a problem since they have 700 clients – some of which will have children home this summer.

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