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Donate to Rotary Clubs’ Feeding the Needy Christmas Meals Program

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About Feeding The Needy

Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. John and Craig shared the idea with Deacon Skip Graffinini, who was the executive director of The Covington Food Bank, which is now The Northshore Food Bank, and learned that The Food Bank was servicing sixty to sixty-five families at that time. A decision was made to move forward, and the project was named “Feeding the Needy”. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.

Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14-to-16-pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert.  Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families. Each family only needs to heat the food and it is ready to serve as a substantial Christmas Day meal and have leftovers to help on the days leading up to school reopening.

This year, due to COVID things will be a little different for FTN. We will have fewer volunteer opportunities and will be offering pick up locations instead of home deliveries.

Meal Pick Up Locations –
First Come, First Served Basis

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Saturday, December 19th
9am – 12 pm
East Fairgrounds
Behind Rodeo Arena

Bogalusa
Saturday, December 19th
1pm – 4pm
Northshore Charter School
111 Walker Street, Bogalusa

Covington
Tuesday, December 22nd
9:30am- 2:30pm
St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds
1304 N. Columbia Street, Covington

Monetary Donations

FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs.  Donations for FTN are accepted year-round and can be made below.

To Mail a Check: Checks can be made payable to The Covington Rotary Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 foundation with the corresponding tax status. Please mail checks to The Covington Rotary Club, PO Box 541 Covington, LA 70433.   Checks can also be dropped off at Baldwin Motors, 1730 N Hwy 190, in Covington.

To Donate On-line: CLICK HERE to make an online donation.

Please read the message below from our Chairman and Fundraising Coordinator: 

Volunteers  

Unfortunately, we will not be utilizing community volunteers this year due to COVID. If you have any questions, please contact Jill via email at jilly2134@gmail.com or by phone at 985-502-6575.  

Learn more at the Covington Rotary Club website.

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Save The Date For Swing In The Pines

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The City of Covington is delighted to announce the 19th annual Swing in the Pines in beautiful Bogue Falaya Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  This Free outdoor concert featuring the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is sponsored by Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank, Latter & Blum Realtors and NOLA Lending Group.  The concert will begin at 6 p.m.
This year’s concert features the LPO under the direction of guest conductor Ankush Bahl among the majestic pines of beautiful Bogue Falaya Park.  A Musician and Instrument “Meet and Greet” takes place at intermission  for children interested in the arts.


“This event holds one of our highest attendances during the year.  People in the community love the atmosphere of this outdoor event.” – Cultural Arts & Events Director, Aimee Faucheux.  This outdoor concert is free and open to the public.  Seating is picnic style, and patrons are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, food and beverages. (Rain date:  Sunday, May 14, 6pm)
Please help support the Covington Food Bank with a donation of non-perishable food.  Volunteers with collect donations at the park beginning at 5pm.

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Swing in the Pines Saturday, May 7, 2016

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Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic basket to the Bogue Falaya Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 6 p.m. for Swing in the Pines with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.  This is a free outdoor concert with the LPO and Conductor Michelle Merrill.  “Meet and Greet” musicians and their instruments from 5:15 to 5:45.  During the concert, student art will be on display with the theme, “Celebrating Spring”.  Donations of non-perishable items will be collected for the Covington Food Bank.  Rain date is May 8, 2016.  For more information, call 985-892-1873 or visit covla.com.

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NHBA “Raising the Roof for Charity 2016” House Raffle – Tickets for sale Now!

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Net proceeds from the 2016 Raffle House will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana, the Covington Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity-St. Tammany West and the Tammany Trace Foundation.
The 2016 “Raising the Roof for Charity” Raffle House is being built by Doreen “Dodie” Adams of Integrity Builders, Inc. on a lot partially donated by Spring Haven in Madisonville, LA.

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This beautiful home features 4 bedrooms and 3 baths and was designed by DesignTech Residential Planners. Valued at approximately $422,000, with over 2,600 square feet of living space, this home could be yours for only $100 (plus taxes). Buy your ticket early, and you will also be entered into our 2 Early Bird Drawings on March 19 and April 16, where you can win $1,500.
NHBA%20sizedEach year the Northshore Home Builders Association members join together to build a house for charity. Proceeds from the ticket sales of this year’s house will benefit local charities such as the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana, Covington Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity-St. Tammany West, and the Tammany Trace Foundation.      Visit  sthba.org for information.
You have the chance to help the community with each purchase and you could win a beautiful new home for just $100 (plus taxes).  Thanks to the support of the community and our members, we have been able to donate over $4.8 million to local charities since 1994!
Food Bank of CovingtonThe Food Bank of Covington is excited to be a part of “Raising the Roof for Charity” 2016! Tickets to support the Food Bank can be purchased at the following businesses: Baldwin Motors, Boudreaux’s Jewelers, Braswell Drugs, Emma’s Shoes & Accessories, Food Bank of Covington Thrift Store, Franco’s Athletic Club, Oil & Vinegar Louisiana, Stone Creek Club and Spa, StudioMV and TopHat Tuxedos.  Buy your tickets early and you might win a cash prize!    covingtonfoodbank.org

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Thank You to the Covington Police Department

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At a time when the national news contains unfavorable police sentiment and continuous abuses of power, Chief Tim Lentz continues to direct the Covington Police Department in a forward and positive manner.  The Department is involved with groups like the Boys & Girls Club, The Covington Food Bank, The Covington Business Association, The Rotary Club and many, many more.  They offer community safety demonstrations in coordination with other departments, and programs promoting safety issues like seatbelt use.  For the second year in a row, the CPD distributed money donated by anonymous donors during the holiday season, and officers also participated in the Feeding the Needy program by delivering meals for Christmas.  Thanks to Chief Tim Lentz for cultivating a friendlier and more approachable department involved with strengthening the community in a greater way than their jobs prescribe.

This Owl flew into the CPD patrol car of Officer Lance Benjamin early Christmas Eve morning.  Benjamin was on routine patrol in a local neighborhood at the time.  Officer Benjamin received only minor scratches and the story made CNN.  Photo posted by Chief Tim Lentz.

This Owl flew into the CPD patrol car of Officer Lance Benjamin early Christmas Eve morning. Benjamin was on routine patrol in a local neighborhood at the time. Officer Benjamin received minor scratches and the story made CNN. Photo posted by Chief Tim Lentz.

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Covington Rotary Club Announces “Feeding the Needy” 2015

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Feeding the Needy Covington Rotary ClubThis year the Covington Food Bank is on target to deliver in excess of 1.1 million pounds of food.  Since Craig Babylon and John Baldwin founded Feeding the Needy in 2002, the need in our area has grown from 300 cooked turkeys with all the trimmings to 1500 that will be delivered this year.  As always, the applications come from the Covington Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Schools, Churches, Safe Harbor and Hospitals over the next couple of weeks.

We need your help!  We need your help preparing the packages and delivering them on Christmas morning.  Once again St. Paul’s School has donated the use of their cafeteria where volunteers will work on December 23 and 24th starting at 9 a.m.  On Christmas morning volunteers should arrive at the cafeteria no later than 7:45 a.m. to deliver packages to the families.  It is not necessary to register to volunteer, please just come to the cafeteria.  For detailed Feeding the Needy volunteer opportunities visit the website at www.covrotary.org and click on the “Feeding the Needy” tab.

Without funding none of the above will happen.  The budget for Feeding the Needy is approximately $50,000.00 and the Covington Rotary Club is asking for your financial support.  This project is run through the Covington Rotary Foundation which has 501C3 tax status as a non-profit so your donation will be tax deductible.

Feeding the Needy has zero administrative expenses, which allows every dollar to go to our cause.  Checks should be made payable to the Covington Rotary Foundation and mailed to 1730 N. Hwy 190, Covington LA 70433 or donate on line.

John Baldwin has said for years, “If you don’t think this is an important program, I challenge you to skip two or three meals for a couple of days and see how you feel and function.”  Please take action and help us continue to make a difference in the lives of so many, especially the children, this Christmas.  Email John Baldwin at jbaldwin@baldwinmotors.com or call him at 985-807-4203 if you should have any questions.

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Our Place Studio Presents a Belly Dance Student Showcase to benefit the Covington Food Bank This Saturday

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Our Place Studio presents a North Shore Belly Dance Student Showcase this Saturday, November 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to benefit the Covington Food Bank.  Suggested entry donation is $5 or 2 food items.
You’ll get to see the student troupe dance along with solo performances by Amanda Monjure, plus special guest performances by Kryss Statho of Crescent Lotus Dance Studio and quirky sideshow fun with Lydia Treats.

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Covington Community Pulls Together for the Covington Food Bank

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Monica Gallardo, owner of Our Place Studio, with the donations from a previous food drive they hosted.

When the Covington Food Bank announced that they had a decline in food donations this year, the community quickly acted to help this valuable organization.

Our Place Studio in downtown Covington announces a food drive for the Covington Food Bank starting Monday, September 14 and running thru the following Saturday, September 19. Donate 3 or more food items, get a $5 coupon that can be used towards a massage service or a class. Drop off times are 8-10 am and 4:30 – 7 pm, Mon. – Sat.

Smoke BBQSmoke BBQ, which recently opened on Collins Blvd, is donating all of their proceeds from sales on Thursday September 10th from 11 am – 2:30 pm to the Covington Food Bank. They are also collecting canned and boxed goods.

Northshore Vineyard food donationsNorthshore Vineyard Church recently donated almost 4,000 pounds of food to the Covington Food Bank from a community food drive they hosted. What a great feeling seeing Covington pull together for such a helpful organization!

If you are interested in hosting a food drive, contact Jamie at 985-893-3003 x 105 or jandrepont@covingtonfoodbank.org. With your help, the food bank will serve 1.2 million pounds of food to those in need this year! Most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, cereal and dry beans. www.covingtonfoodbank.org

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Swing in the Pines Saturday with LPO at the Bogue Falaya Park

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swingpines5915“Swing In The Pines” is a Free Outdoor Concert brought to us by the City of Covington and generous sponsors. The Bogue Falaya Park is a perfect setting for a relaxing evening with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert begins at 6 p.m. with a musician’s meet and greet at 5:15 – 5:45. In honor of Mother’s Day Weekend, student art will be displayed with the theme, “A Tribute To Mothers”. The Covington Food Bank donation will be collected as well. Learn more at www.covla.com

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Pallets With Purpose Fundraiser Event at Covington Food Bank

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Pallets with Purpose Covington Food BankOn Saturday, November 1st 6:30 – 10 pm the Covington Food Bank will host Pallets With Purpose: fun-flavored, food-funding warehouse event. Guests will enjoy a night of dining, dancing, mingling and shopping. Thanks to partnerships with many long-standing sponsors and loyal supporters, this charitable event contributes funding towards fulfilling the food bank’s mission of serving the hungry with dignity & compassion. Tickets start at $75, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information about this event, please contact Jamie Andrepont at 985-893-3003 x105 or jandrepont@covingtonfoodbank.org

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: Swing In The Pines Free Outdoor Concert!

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LPO Swing In The PinesCome out to Bogue Falaya Park on Saturday with your picnics, family, and friends to enjoy a spectacular evening with the LPO.  Help support the Covington Food Bank with a donation of non-perishable food. Volunteers will collect donations at the gate starting at 5 p.m.
Rain Date: May 11 at 6 p.m.

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Food Bank Partners With Postal Service To “Stamp Out Hunger”

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Stamp Out Hunger Covington Food BankThis Saturday, May 10th, mail carriers are not only prepared to pick up your mail, but also any non-perishable food items you might have too! Put items into a bag in your mailbox in the morning and the postal service will make sure they are delivered to your local Food Bank! Donating has never been so easy!

The Food Bank of Covington is also in need of over 20 volunteers to help sort foods. Volunteers are needed anytime from 9 am – noon on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, May 12, 13, 15 and 19, 20, 22. Any amount of time you can help out is greatly appreciated. The Food Bank of Covington warehouse is located at 840 N. Columbia Street. For more information check www.covingtonfoodbank.org or call (985)-893-3003.

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Special Event Volunteers Needed For Covington Food Bank

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Covington Food Bank Volunteers NeededThe Food Bank of Covington is in need of volunteers at upcoming events including Rockin’ the Rails Concerts and Friday Block Party.  Help educate the community about the work of our local Food Bank!  For more information call or email Gail at 985-893-3003 x101 or ganderson@covingtonfoodbank.org.

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Covington Rotary Club Feeding The Needy 2013: Holiday Public Address From John Baldwin

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Feeding the Needy Covington Rotary ClubIt is that time of year again when I turn to the most generous and faithful supporters of the Covington Rotary Club’s Feeding the Needy program to ask for your time and assistance. Over the years many of you have supported Feeding the Needy both financially and with your time and talent and I thank you. Your dedication has helped Feeding the Needy grow to fill a need in our community and make a difference in the lives of many. Additionally, we focus on the needs of the children who depend on the meal that they receive at school as their main source of nutrition and must do without during the Christmas Holidays.

During July of this year the demand at the Covington Food Bank spiked upward and has remained at a record high. The need in our area has grown from 300 families in 2002 when Feeding the Needy was founded, to 1580 who received turkeys from Feeding the Needy last year. This year, prior to Thanksgiving, about five hundred applications for assistance were taken at the Covington Food Bank alone. There will be many more applications from Habitat, schools, churches, Safe Harbor and hospitals over the next couple of weeks.

We need your help! We need your help preparing the packages and delivering them on Christmas morning. Once again St. Paul School has donated the use of their cafeteria where volunteers will work on December 23rd and 24th starting at 9 a.m. On Christmas morning volunteers should arrive at the cafeteria no later than 7:45 a.m. to deliver packages to the needy families. Also on December 23rd and 24th we will be printing maps at First Premium Insurance from 9 a.m. until all are printed. If you would like to register to work at the call center please sign in at www.covrotary.org. It is not necessary to register to work at the cafeteria.

Two refrigerated trucks are also needed from Sunday morning December 22 through Christmas morning if you know of anyone who might be able to provide them. We can take the trucks on Friday the 20th or Saturday the 21st if necessary.

Of course without funding none of the above will happen. The budget for Feeding the Needy is $55,000.00 and I am asking for your financial support. This project is run through the Covington Rotary Foundation which has 501C3 tax status as a non-profit so your donation will be tax deductible. Feeding the Needy has zero administrative expenses which allows every dollar to go to our cause.

I have said for years, “If you don’t think this is an important program, I challenge you to skip two or three meals for a couple of days and see how you feel and function.” Please take action and help us continue to make a difference in the lives of so many, especially the needy children, this Christmas.

Checks should be made payable to the Covington Rotary Foundation and mailed to 1730 N. Hwy 190, Covington, La. 70433. My email is jbaldwin@baldwinmotors.com and my cell number is 985-807-4203.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

John Baldwin

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O’Keefe’s Feed & Seed Supports Local Food Bank By Installing Vegetable Gardens

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O'Keefe's Feed & Seed Supports Local Food Bank By Installing Vegetable GardensO’Keefe’s Feed & Seed, located on Columbia Street right next to the Covington Food Bank Thrift Store, has planted a lovely garden at the Food Bank.  The vegetables harvested from the garden will be used for distribution.  O’Keefe’s has a great selection of plants and vegetables – stop in and say thanks for supporting our community! The Covington Food Bank serves families in need in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.  Along with the Food Bank, they also offer a thrift store and low cost dental work.

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Kommunity Power Food Drive This Week To Benefit The Covington Food Bank

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Kommunity Power - Kombucha Girl Living BeverageKommunity Power, Ignite! October 21 – 28, Kombucha Girl Living Beverages is sponsoring a Food Drive for the Covington Food Bank with the support of our awesome downtown Covington businesses. There are specific needs right now: baby formula, baby food, baby/toddler diapers, baby wipes, and fresh produce. Fact: Did you know? Sharing and giving actually boost your immune system – everyone benefits when we share with each other. Let’s do this! The following businesses are accepting donations on behalf of the Food Bank. Pop in and give them some donations and love! A few are offering special thank you gifts to folks who donate. This list of participating businesses is still growing, so look for our flyers and boxes sporting the Kommunity Power! logo all over town, beginning Monday, October 21.

Current List of Participating Businesses:
~PLUS! Check what businesses are offering thank you gifts for donating~

Columbia Street Natural Foods Market ~ 415 N. Columbia St.  ~ Gift: $2 off any supplement purchase when you bring in baby items such as of formula, diapers, and wipes!
Covington Farmer’s Market ~ Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Trailhead and Saturday, Oct. 26, next to the Courthouse
Our Place Studio ~ 338 N. Vermont St. ~ Gift: $5 off massage for persons who bring in 3 items or more
Shop Soul Boutique ~ 529 E. Boston St. ~ Gift: $5 off $20 purchase for every three items donated
Wino’s and Tacos ~ 321 N. Columbia St.

For more information, call the Kombucha Girls: Susan Tarasova / 985.502.4128 & Liz Bragdon / 985.778. 3448 kombuchagirlbeverages@gmail.com

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Kommunity Food Drive Powered by Kombucha Girl

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Kommunity Power - Kombucha Girl Living BeverageKommunity Power, Ignite! October 21 – 28, Kombucha Girl Living Beverages is sponsoring a Food Drive for the Covington Food Bank with the support of our awesome downtown Covington businesses. There are specific needs right now: baby formula, baby food, baby/toddler diapers, baby wipes, and fresh produce. Fact: Did you know? Sharing and giving actually boost your immune system – everyone benefits when we share with each other. Let’s do this! The following businesses are accepting donations on behalf of the Food Bank. Pop in and give them some donations and love! A few are offering special thank you gifts to folks who donate. This list of participating businesses is still growing, so look for our flyers and boxes sporting the Kommunity Power! logo all over town, beginning Monday, October 21.

Current List of Participating Businesses
Columbia St. Health Food Store ~ 415 N. Columbia St.
Covington Farmer’s Market ~ Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Trailhead and Saturday, Oct. 26, next to the Courthouse
Our Place Studio ~ 338 N. Vermont St
Shop Soul Boutique ~ 529 E. Boston St.
Winos & Tacos ~ 321 N. Columbia St.

For more information, call the Kombucha Girls: Susan Tarasova / 985.502.4128 & Liz Bragdon / 985.778. 3448
kombuchagirlbeverages@gmail.com

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Plant a Row for the Hungry: People Helping People

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par-logo1Plant a Row for the Hungry, or PAR, is a people-helping-people program to feed the hungry in local communities. Launched in 1995, this innovative public service campaign was developed by the Garden Writers Association (GWAA) to encourage gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local charities, such as the Covington Food Bank, that serve the hungry and homeless.

The Food Bank depends on charitable donations to help provide food and services to the poor in our community. By donating directly to the Food Bank, gardeners are helping those in need stretch their meager resources.

Sharing can happen on many levels. Home gardeners, commercial growers, schools, church groups, youth and community organizations, and area businesses can all help make a difference for our neighbors who experience hunger.

Donating can be easy and fun! When you plant your garden this spring, plant an additional row (or even just an extra plant) for giving. Even if your garden consists of ornamentals, or a planter on a balcony or deck, add a few herbs. Herbs are welcome because they add nutrients as well as flavor to food. Whatever you can give is appreciated! If you regularly plant too much, the excess will mean a great deal to our community food bank. PAR also encourages you to share flowers with food bank staffers and volunteers. What better way to lighten up their day!

The produce the Food Bank needs most is firm, clean fruits and vegetables. If your fruit trees bear more than you can consume, consider donating the rest. Also, if you have fruit trees and are unable to harvest the fruit, contact PAR at the number bellow to see if they can arrange a group of volunteers to come pick your trees or bushes for donating.

Bring cleaned produce to the Covington Food Bank, 840 N. Columbia Street during operational hours to donate. Your donation will be added to PAR’s national totals; its goal is over one million pounds of produce this year!

For more information about PAR, contact Virginia Bessent at 892-5447 or Paula Souhlas at 705-5179, or call their toll-free hotline (877) 492-2727.

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