Food pantry benefitted

To the Journal editor:

On behalf of the Ishpeming St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry I would like to thank everyone who supported us during the recent programs to help feed the needy in our area.

Initially, the United Steelworkers of America and school kids and their fall drive, then the TV6 Canathon with all the businesses and individuals who contributed food items to this great annual event.

In addition, the local church groups, Jubilee Foods, Huron Mountain Bakery and so many other stores, banks, credit unions, some of whom allowed us space for donation boxes and helped fill them. Special thanks to the Odd Fellows and to the Knights of Columbus. Too many others to list really, but all their support helped beyond measure. To those who have contributed monetarily, we are grateful.

We could not have been successful without the unnamed volunteers from our district and conference who put in so many hours arranging the drives, stuffing food boxes, and all incidental paperwork and client contacts, as well as management and employees of the store.

The few dependables who show up to help unload trucks, the kids from Hartman High, even the small pantry crew who make my position so easy to cover.

Let us not lose track of the fact that need knows no season, and ours is an ongoing process. Remember those who are truly needy, and help continue the efforts.

Thank you all again.

Tom Sharland, chairman

St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry