The WKVI food drive at Five Star in Knox and Sander’s Foods in Winamac was a success, raising several hundred pounds of food and for both the Pulaski County and Starke County food pantries, as well as a significant amount of monetary donations.
Joan Haugh at Community Services of Starke County said she was pleased with the result of the food drive at Five Star. Donors put forth more than $270 to go toward the food pantry, and Five Star also made a $500 donation. A total of 166 pounds of food were raised at Five Star for the food pantry, and Haugh said it will go a long way.
“I think the food drive went very well, and if you convert the dollars into pounds and consider the poundage that we got, this will probably help us feed almost 100 families because we give out about eight tons of food a month. So this is a great help and we do appreciate WKVI and Five Star for putting on the drive and bringing this to the attention of the people, because there is a need in the community,” said Haugh.
In Pulaski County, Pulaski County Human Services Director Jackie Frain said she was amazed by the results of the food drive that brought around 800 pounds of food for their food pantry, in addition to $129 in donations. On top of that, the Eastern Pulaski Teachers Blue Jean fundraiser contributed $155, and Sander’s made a $910 donation the week prior.
“It was amazing. Everyone who came through with rare exception walked out and handed us a bag of food, some handed money. We were amazed that in three hours we could collect that much food and support and just words of encouragement thanking us for what all human services does in Pulaski County,” Frain said.
Frain said she was thankful for WKVI’s Jerry Curtis and Nathan Welter who were broadcasting live, encouraging donations.