KAIRing Community: Annual food drive helps fill local pantry

Elizabeth Dunham, Contributing Writer

Photo by Elizabeth Dunham

Young volunteers help sort the mounds of donations that flooded the 24-hour KAIR KampOut food drive held in Kalkaska this past weekend. More than 50 volunteers from throughout the community sorted and packed 21,000 pounds of food into two trailers parked in front of Bill Marsh Auto on M-72.

KALKASKA – Food donations flooded the Bill Marsh Auto parking lot last Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-77 for the sixth annual 24-hour food drive held by the Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resource Council (KAIR).

Volunteers sorted and packed 21,000 pounds of food into two trailers from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Last year the event collected 26,000 pounds of food, a number that organizers were trying to beat this year to meet rising demand at the KAIR food bank.

“The number of people we serve every month is continuing to grow and demand keeps going up,” explained KAIR Executive Director Cathy Somes. She noted that this time of year food assistance can be crucial as people transition into higher winter bills.

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