Pack the Paramount has collected tons of food since it began five years ago. "With unemployment high and many people under-employed, we need to collect as much as possible," CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said. "A lot of people are facing very difficult times, and those of us in a position to help have got to step forward and do it."
All types of non-perishable food are appreciated, but certain items are in great demand. Peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, hearty soups, macaroni and cheese, cereal, coffee and tea, instant potatoes, rice and bottled juice are most popular.
Other items, including baby food, toilet tissue, paper towels, hygiene products and large-size items for families, are not as frequently donated, but greatly needed. Cash donations, which will be used to purchase food for the participating food shelves, will also be accepted.