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Food donations 'tremendous' locally, more needed

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Donations to Henry's main food pantry are going well this holiday season, but officials at the county's largest food pantry are expecting the need for food to grow.

Helping in His Name Ministries, at 85 Bellamy Place in Stockbridge, is currently accepting donations of food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Nola Love, the president of the food pantry, said area residents have "responded tremendously" to the needs of those struggling to feed their families.

"We have really been blessed," said Love. "We have been able to increase the meat and canned goods, that we will give to families this holiday season. We have had 23 schools that have had food drives for us, and 12 of those will continue their food drives through Christmas.

"Because people are losing their jobs every day, there is more demand from people asking for food assistance," she said. "We expect the need to be even greater at Christmas, than at Thanksgiving."

Love credited local residents for "finding new ways to donate" to Helping in His Name. To illustrate her point, she said the Stockbridge High School chorus group scheduled a benefit for the food pantry on Dec. 10. Admission is $1, or a can of food that will go to the food pantry.

Love said food donations to her group are growing more vital, as the economy continues to decline.

Twelve area businesses have organized recent food drives for the food pantry. Crystal Lake Golf & Country Club donated 25 turkeys last week. She also recognized the Henry Daily Herald and Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors for their combined efforts to generate 2,010 food items by the end of 2009.

For more details, call Helping in His Name at (678) 565-6135.