Donation will supply about 3.5 tons of food

HARRINGTON — Harrington’s Christmas Club, led by City Council member Amy Minner, donated $1,500 to the Lake Forest Church Association Food Pantry, Inc. on Tuesdaynight at Stargate Diner following the City employee Christmas party and fundraiser a few weeks earlier.

“When I first went into office, one of the things I had a problem with was paying for the employee Christmas party with tax payer dollars,” Mayor Anthony Moyer said. “Now, instead of that happening, we are able to use money from the party to help our community.”

He said the amount of people utilizing the food pantry has only increased over the years despite economic ups and downs. “It’s sad so many people are in that much need. This donation is something the City should be extremely proud of. This money will go to feed over 2,200 families this year,” he said.

Volunteers with the food pantry, Anne Paladino and Carol Kalinofski, accepted the donation, adding that it will help the organization purchase over 3.5 tons of food.

“I’m only one person, and very small. I could come out of Food Lion with two bags of food for me for $45. Now multiply that by 4, 5, 10 people,” Ms. Paladino said. “I just can’t imagine how some families make ends meet, but we’re here to help if they need a hand.”

The food pantry is always looking for donations to help feed the community and volunteers.  Some of their most needed items include macaroni and cheese, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, tomato sauce, and canned meat.

“It’s a need within the city that’s growing. It does my heart good to know we can help,” Mr. Moyer said.

The Christmas Club organized the party which included games, door prizes and a catered meal, and raised funds through donations and fees.

Although everyone in the club contributed to the event and donation, members said one stood out above the rest. Jim Coudriet said, “Tony [Mr. Moyer] is like the silent driving force. Now this is from us: If it weren’t for him, none of this would be possible.”

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