Food drive donations stay local

Patty Young-Anderson, customer service representative and bookkeeper at the Warrensburg Grand Union, said that each year the store takes part in a national campaign called Food for All, which collects donations of $1, $2 or $5 from willing shoppers and donates it to food pantries in the northeast. We know that 100 percent of the money collected buys food for food pantries, but we didnt know where, she said. This year, the annual campaign raised over $3,000 and instead of sending the money to Food for All, she contacted the organization and asked if the money raised by the Warrensburg Grand Union could be used in Warrensburg, and in return, she received two checks for $1,663. One was given to the food pantry at the First Presbyterian Church and the other to the town food pantry run by Warrensburg Town Clerk Donna Combs and her staff. Were real low right now, said Kathy Rounds, deputy town clerk. This will buy a lot of food for us. She said the Post Office does a holiday food drive, but that had been depleted and supplies were pretty low. Young-Anderson said she felt that it would be better to help the town that supports the store by keeping the donations local. We wanted to show people that your local retailer is helping by making sure these proceeds come back to the community, she said.

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