KAIR to host 24-hour food drive

Bill Marsh Kalkaska is a drop-off site for this weekend's Kampout for KAIR 24-hour food drive.

KALKASKA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan food pantry is asking for your help to restock its shelves.

Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources is hosting a 24-hour food drive, called Kampout for Kair, this weekend.

KAIR says it's seen a 25 percent increase in requests for food this year, and the numbers will only go up as winter approaches.

"It is crucial to us being able to continue to provide the services that we are right now," said KAIR Executive Director Cathy Somes. "Last year it generated over 20,000 lbs. of food. We were serving 750-to-850 people and now we're serving 900-to-1,000 people a month. In another month from now we're projected to be serving 1,200 people a month."

Somes says KAIR is currently using 22,000 lbs. of food every month.

KAIR is seeking non-perishable food items (peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruits, oatmeal and spaghetti) and a variety of personal hygiene products (toilet paper, shampoo, laundry soap, and diapers).

Boy Scout Troop 629 is collecting donations at Bill Marsh Kalkaska to pack and send them to KAIR.

Other drop-off spots are Northland Foods, Family Fare, and Save-A-Lot in Kalkaska.

Northland Foods and Family Fare will remain open around the clock Friday night to make shopping and donating easier.

The food drive begins Friday at 5 and concludes on Saturday.

Our very own 7&4 Storm Team meteorologist Joe Charlevoix will be there interviewing organizers and helping out.

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