Canathon helps restock area food pantries

Hunger knows no season, but as winter settles in to the Upper Peninsula, this becomes a time when food banks can benefit from hearts which might be a bit more generous as the holiday season approaches.

One of the local efforts making a real impact in the battle against hunger is the 2013 edition of the TV6 Canathon, which was launched this week.

This is the 31st anniversary of the effort in which WLUC has worked to gather items to restock food pantries around the peninsula.

The campaign’s first year in 1982 saw about 700 pounds of food donated and in the years since, the total has surpassed 3 MILLION pounds thanks to the generosity of the people of the U.P.

On its Canathon website page, the station notes its partnerships that have helped greatly in boosting the effort throughout the U.P. Those partners this year include: WYKX/WDBC in Delta County; Y101 in Ontonagon County; Eagle Country Radio/The Rockin’ Eagle in Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties; St. Vincent DePaul Society and Salvation Army in Marquette County; The Munising News in Alger County; St. Vincent DePaul in Iron County; the Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Schoolcraft County; the City of Ironwood, Wakefield and Bessemer and WIMI/WJMS radio in Gogebic County; WJNR/WOBE/WHTO in Dickinson County; and the NMU Volunteer Center on Northern Michigan University’s campus.

WLUC notes that schools – more than 80 around the peninsula – also get involved, teaching youngsters the value of helping one?s neighbors.

The program is designed, the station explained to “help feed a hungry neighbor,” with the food collected in a community staying within that community.

The St. Vincent dePaul Society and Salvation Army helps distribute the collected food along with food banks and pantries at various churches throughout the U.P.

We encourage everyone to donate to the 2013 TV Canathon, which continues until Dec. 5.

Those with questions should contact TV6 Canathon Director Scott Zerbel at 800-562-9776, 906-475-4161 or send via email to szerbel@wluctv6.com.

We thank TV6 and its partners for putting so much time in energy into such a worthwhile cause. Helping families to put meals on the table is a profound way to make our area an even better place to live.