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HANCOCK – According to Feeding America, about 41 million Americans struggle with hunger.
That’s why some local non-profit organizations are asking the public for help in their battle against hunger. One of those organizations is the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Hancock.
“We do have a big food drive in November and our numbers were down quite substantially,” said Carol Korpela, Program Director. “We were at least shy about 2000 pounds so we are still looking for food donations. Just so everyone knows, we collect food donations all year long because we distribute food all year long. Any help is appreciated.”
One local effort is through the Portage Lake District Library’s “Food For Fines” program, providing another way for those to pay their overdue library fines.
“This community is quite fabulous and we have a strong sense of community and caring for each other,” says Chris Alquist, Community Programs Director at the Portage Lake District Library. “I think it’s just a natural thing that developed.”
The program has been so successful that it’s been in existence for about 10 years. Donations gathered at the library will be distributed to not only Little Brothers but also the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul’s.
“What’s really great about our community is that organizations help organizations, people help people and we all do our part,” said Korpela. “They’re just so generous to the community and they’re such a lifesaver to the community for the people in want and in need.”
The group says they are also accepting donations of brown paper bags; they are open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5.