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Monday, November 18, 2013

Clare House Annual Holiday Food Drive

Tina Sipula

     This November marks the 19 Annual Holiday Food Drive, when we team up with Extreme Motors, Schnuck’s Supermarkets and Radio Bloomington to raise enough food to hopefully keep our doors open through 2014.  For the past few years, we have raised 9 semi-truck loads of food and we hope to match that again this year.  With your help, we will be able to meet this
goal and feed everyone who comes to our door in need of nourishment. 

 How can we possibly raise 9 semi-truck loads of non-perishable goods in less than one month?  It is done through team-work.  It takes a community of caring people to come together and reach out to help those who are less fortunate.  We ask you to put a box out at your work place, your church, your school, your club, your sporting event, your place of business, or go door-to-door in your neighborhood and ask people to contribute what they can.  Even a few cans CAN make a difference!  All of these mini food drives add up to create a warehouse of food that is sorted, boxed, shrink-wrapped on pallets, and then delivered each week to Clare House over the year.  We go through an average of 2 pallets of food a week at Clare House, and

Dan O’Brien and the food bins

each pallet weighs about a ton.  That means we need to raise 104 tons of food to feed the families that come to Clare House each week!  We have done it for 18 years, and we can do it again with your help.

     Food can be dropped off at either Schnuck’s Supermarket or Extreme Motors dealerships during business hours through Wednesday, November 27.  If you would like to help in the warehouse, we need help sorting on Monday evenings.  Call Mike Marvin at:  309-829-1518.  Together we can continue to make sure no one in our community goes hungry. 

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