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      Frostbite Food Drive kicks off - and the need is greater than ever

      The Father Fred Frostbite Food Drive is in its 20th year - and they need your help.

      Father Fred serves families in need throughout Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Kalkaska, and Antrim counties. At least one hundred households come through the food pantry each day, and Father Fred estimates they had over 15,000 visits - with each visit representing three or four people, and providing food for two or three days. This is why the foundation stresses that although it may seem like they're asking for a lot, the need for food is constant.

      The need is especially great this year because of the harsh winter weather. People have had to spend more money on heat, and may need extra help with other necessities.

      The Frostbite Food Drive is set up through the coming week (ending February 16) at multiple locations - and they are hoping to fill three semi trucks full of food to take them through Spring.

      You can still give without leaving the warmth of your home by making a monetary donation online here - and this year food and cash gifts will be doubled through a donation match up to $50,000.

      "In our world of so much, there is so much for so many of us, and also so little for so many of us. Frostbite seeks to help bridge that gap," said Pastor Jim Holwerda, the Father Fred Foundation Chaplain.

      Items most needed this year include pastas, canned goods, cereal, and evaporated milk.

      This is where you can drop off donations:

      Garfield Center (8am-6pm Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm weekends)

      Fox Motors (US 31 South)

      Family Fare (Chum's Corners)

      Oleson's (Three Mile and Hammond Rd)

      Tom's (Acme)