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PHOTOS: Food Drive Drops Bags For Donations

Kent State College of Public Health asking residents to pitch in and fill a grocery bag

Volunteers dropped a few thousand empty grocery bags at homes throughout Kent today as part of for Kent Social Services by 's College of Public Health.

The bags are empty because the food drive is asking residents to fill the bags with non-perishable items. Volunteers running the food drive will come pick up the bags between noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, provided they are visible from the street.

Each bag contains a flyer with instructions about the food drive. Residents are asked to donate any non-perishable food and personal care items they can.

Deric Kenne, assistant professor of health policy and management at Kent State, said his class, which started the food drive, planned to deliver 2,500 bags across the city Thursday.

The volunteers, mostly students in Kenne's class, will sort the food Saturday and deliver it to The Lord's Pantry at at 1066 S. Water St.

For community members whose homes do not receive a bag, donations may be taken directly to The Lord’s Pantry.

Caitlin Campbell March 29, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I'm interested in dropping off donations at The Lord's Pantry. Are there certain times set up to do so, and/or any other specifications?
Christie Anderson March 29, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Staff will be at Kent Social Services this Saturday, March 31 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Mayor Fiala will be present Saturday to help us fill the KSS truck with donations as we work toward a challenge grant. Community members are invited inside to see the KSS facility and ask questions about KSS services on Saturday.
Matt Fredmonsky March 29, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Thanks for the info Christie!
Pat March 29, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I am so pleased KSU is donating the food to Kent Social Services. It is much better than giving all the food to the Akron Food Bank, as the Akron Food Bank actually charges pantries so much per pound for the food local agencies need.
Caitlin Campbell March 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Thanks so much!

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