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Fat Tuesday feeds a community hunger

February 24, 2012
Salem News

There was never a better reason for, well, pigging out and stuffing your face. Either that or just getting to the comfortably full zone. Let's just say appetites were whetted and then appeased. Then, presumably, belts were loosened.

A Fat Tuesday fundraiser was held this week at the Salem Community Center. Besides being a good time for all and providing good food to eat, it had a foremost valuable purpose.

The Fat Tuesday event was co-sponsored by the Salem Community Center and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. Thirty-one guest chefs provided their expertise and absorbed expenses. Over 300 people attended.

All monies raised are donated to the pantry to help to fight hunger right here in Salem. It is needed. Last year the pantry served 4,215 people. Some 1,528 were children under 17. Yes, that is very sad and reflective of the times for many less fortunate.

The Salem Community Pantry has been well-received. It has attracted support from many individuals and social groups. A need continues to grow and the hunger persists.

Anyone out there looking for a good cause to donate food, time or money to should consider the pantry which will be featured in our Sunday edition.

We are fortunate to have so many generous people in our community willing to step forward and actively help. This group certainly includes the kindness driven Kiwanians and Rotarians. They are all about service to others. Feel free to follow their lead. The food bank is located at 794 East 3rd Street. Board president Rev. Alan Smearsoll can be reached at 330-332-5042. Your efforts will be appreciated.



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