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Donations always needed at Food Pantry

March 14, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

I stand corrected. I was given the information in my article and should have checked with the Chamber directly. Nevertheless, the burden on businesses for donations exists because of more than one event being held by some organizations in a short time frame to accommodate our winter visitor's participation.

Once again, our days and weeks are busy preparing for upcoming events to benefit the Food Pantry. In these difficult times, with the economy in such a difficult state, we find our needs increasing each month. Easter will be upon us soon and we will be having our food drive for the families with the help of Winn-Dixie. That date is scheduled for Saturday, March 17. Then, following soon after that, is the U.S. Postal Food Drive, which helps the Pantry through the summer months when activity slows here on the islands. We're asking our donors to help us spread the word to their friends and organizations or churches, as reminders to northern visitors, if they leave to go back north before the Postal Food Drive, think of the Food Pantry, when emptying their cupboards and perhaps they could share the extra food on their shelves. Summer always becomes a time of lean supplies. We miss our northern visitors and the organizations such as bingo groups. The food, donated by groups like yours, comes to an end and as I said, we are cut down to slim donations through the summer months.

Patti Gulliver

St. James City



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