To the Journal editor:
Project Feed A Neighbor 2013 concluded on April 27 when numerous adult and student volunteers went through the neighborhoods of Ishpeming and Negaunee collecting food donations from area households.
It is important to recognize all of the people and organizations that contributed to this wonderful effort dedicated to restocking the food pantries at the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. Over 7,500 pounds of non-perishable food items, paper and hygiene products were collected, representing a significant increase for this fourth annual event.
Members of Wesley United Methodist Church conducted the drive in Ishpeming; members of Mitchell United Methodist Church lead the effort in Negaunee. Other churches supported the project: Immanuel Lutheran, Bethany Lutheran, and Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran.
The Pioneer Kiwanis from Ishpeming placed collection bags at numerous churches and businesses in the Republic, Michigamme, Champion area.
Special thanks goes to the students of Westwood, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Hartman High Schools. The project could not be done without their dedicated effort. Several Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops and church youth groups also participated. Members of the police force helped as drivers.
Jim's Jubilee in Ishpeming and Super One in Negaunee donated thousands of collection bags. Globe Printing in Ishpeming created the instruction labels for the drive. WLUC-TV6, WBUP-TV10, WKQS Sunny 101, WUPG Eagle 96.7 and The Mining Journal contributed publicity and the covered the story of this great outreach program.
Thank you to everyone who played a vital role. And of course, thank you to all of the families who gave so generously.
We must never lose sight of the fact that there are families who have come up against difficult times. We all know someone who has lost a job, struggled with high energy costs, or endured an unforeseen and costly medical event.
These real life situations often translate into a tough question: Will there be enough money to buy food?
Thanks to the wonderful people in our communities a financial struggle does not have to equate to hunger. Once again, thank you to everyone who became part of the solution, and helped feed a neighbor.