COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Branch Area Food Pantry in Coldwater one of the food pantries in the region to share $66,000 raised by Homer, Michigan-based CITGO Marketer Folk Oil through their fourth annual "Fight Hunger. Give Hope." campaign. The pantry is receiving $6,000 from the effort. From March 1 through March 15, 31 PS Food Mart stores in Michigan and Ohio focused their efforts on selling $1 and $5 paper hearts to benefit the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank and other local food pantries like the Branch Area Food Pantry in communities where PS Food Mart operates. Since 2009, the "Fight Hunger. Give Hope." campaign has raised more than $200,000 to provide more than 1 million meals to families in need throughout the region.
The local food pantry this summer also became the distribution site for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan's Fresh Food Initiative, which gives out fresh fruit, vegetables, and in some case dairy products. Previously the distributions were done weekly through the Community Action Agency, but the local food pantry began this week combining the Fresh Food Initiative with its normal distributions to clients on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.