In Need of Food

9 years 1 month 6 days ago October 30, 2007 Oct 30, 2007 Tuesday, October 30 2007 Tuesday, October 30, 2007 4:21:46 AM CDT in News

Local food banks are looking everywhere and to everyone for help. Volunteers come by themselves, or, like the Zeta Beta Tau members, as a group.

But volunteers aside, the food bank is short on what's most important.

"We're having a tough time finding enough supply of food to feed all the people we're helping to feed every month," explained food bank executive director Peggy Kirkpatrick.

85 thousand pounds of food seems like a lot, but most of it is already committed to various organizations.

Appealing to organizations, like area schools "Backpack" program, is one way to boost donations.

"This is our third year involved in the program. We went from being involved in four elementaries in that first year to being just short of 60," said agency relations coordinator Kit Brewer.

But it doesn't always have to be official. Kirkpatrick says that giving boxed and canned goods is not the only way to donate. Another way is that one group, deer hunters, can give their unused deer meat to local food banks and pantries.

And she's hopeful people will turn up the giving.

"We're going into the holidays. People historically, traditionally, think of the poor and hungry during the holidays. So we're very hopeful that this year will be no exception," said Kirkpatrick. She wants everybody to have enough.

Reported by Brian Logush

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