Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff
Saturday, 08 October 2011 07:34
Supplies at all Bowling Green food pantries are running low. They need the public's help.
In response, BG Hungers, a partnership of Bowling Green State University campus groups, is hosting a major food drive for World Food Day Oct. 16.
The local community is invited to get involved. There are several ways to volunteer your time for the BG Hungers Food Drive:
• Distribute neighborhood bags and fliers, from 9 a.m. to noon, on Oct. 14.
• Pick up food donations on Oct. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m.
• Fast in concert with those who hunger. Sign up to solicit sponsors for each meal you agree to give up - breakfast, lunch, dinner - on Oct. 12, 13, 14, 15.
• Donate food and other items to the BG Hungers Food Drive.
The BG Hungers partnership is a collaboration of Common Good, SEARCH residential community and student organization, Arts Village, African People's Association, Art of Love, Veritas, Vanguard, NetImpact, CRU and the Student Organization of Social Workers.
Food items needed include canned or dried beans, rice, canned meat, canned or bottled juice, canned fruit, boxed cereal, oatmeal, pasta (canned or boxed) and pasta sauce, vegetable stock, canned vegetables, peanut butter, crackers.
The pantries are also in need of non-food items, particularly personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap and shampoo.
The items will be collected in support of:
• BG Christian Food Pantry
The BG Christian Food Pantry, established by the BG Ministerial Association, has been serving people in need since 1984. Its mission statement is to provide food for short-term emergency needs, and it serves 140-160 families a month.
• St. Aloysius Parish Food Pantry
Established in 2008, the St Aloysius Parish Food Pantry has been serving the needs of those who appear at their doors. On average each month, since May 2011, with the help of 20 volunteers, the pantry has distributed food and other items to 316 individuals and 114 children, from 101 area households.
• The Common Good
The Common Good coordinates food donations and volunteer efforts to provide free meals twice a week at 113 Crim St. Free meals bring students and community members together to discuss campus and community issues. Participants break bread with neighbors and build community in order to make Bowling Green a better place to live.
• St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Pantry housed at St. Thomas More Parish
In the month of September alone, 278 people were served, including 120 children and 140 adults from 78 different families. Demand is increasingly higher than the supply.
To register and volunteer, contact Lyndsey Dougherty at (440) 567-3166 or