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Food drive brings in 5,000 pounds in Summit County

CAITLIN ROW
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SUMMIT COUNTY – To ensure no one goes hungry during Summit County’s shoulder season, volunteers collected 5,000 pounds of food for local food banks.

Put on by the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, the annual May Summit County Cares Food Drive will stock food-bank shelves at least through June. Collection bins were scattered around Summit County through May 31.

“At the beginning of May, the food bank shelves were almost empty and we started to see nearly 100 people a week needing food bank assistance,” said FIRC development director Anita Overmyer. “Without this food drive, we would have never been able to keep up with the demand and now we have a solid start to get us through June. I know Father Dyer was also very grateful for the food raised, and we will be sharing the donations with Dillon Community Church to help with their supply as well.”

While the 2009 drive only brought in 3,500 pounds of food for community use, this year’s big collection was still under FIRC’s 7,000-pounds goal.

“We were trying to double what we did last year,” Overmyer said. “We didn’t quite make it, but we still did a really good job.”

FIRC also partnered with Vail Resorts to collect food for Summit County locals in the off-season.

“One major improvement we made in the food drive this year was having volunteers from Vail Resorts and all the food banks stand outside of City Market every weekend of the month and hand out lists of the items needed,” Overmyer said. “This proved to be very successful and is the only reason we were able to collect so many donations.”

On top of food donations, Overmyer also noted that the Peak One Surgery Center gave $5,444 to FIRC’s Summit Cares emergency fund. This fund is used to assist people with one-time expenses like rent, as well as utility and medical bills.

“That was a huge donation from them, so we’re extremely grateful to them,” she said.

Though the May food drive is over, canned and dry foods can still be donated year-round.

“I cannot stress how much this food drive was needed,” Overmyer said.

For more information about donating food throughout the year, visit http://www.summitfirc.org.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.


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