Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Collection, raffles benefit food bank

Crittenden County Food Bank has launched an effort to increase community backing, selling raffle tickets for several gift packages and collecting non-perishables at multiple locations.

According to Dwight Sherer, who is spearheading the effort, non-perishables will be collected at Conrad's Harvest Foods from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, or items can be dropped off anytime through Saturday at Marion City Hall, Crittenden County Courthouse or Partners Insurance.

In addition, raffle tickets are being sold for $100 gift cards to both local grocery stores, a $100 gas card from Five Star Food Mart, gift cards from Glenn's on Main in Marion and Copper Top Bar-B-Q in Fredonia and two rounds of golf for two separate foursomes including cart rentals at Deer Lakes Golf Course in Salem. Tickets – $1 per chance or six for $5 – can be purchased from Sherer, Denise Byarley at Partners Insurance, Mayree Sherer at Crittenden Health Systems or Mitzi Vaughn in Salem. Sherer said winners will be drawn Saturday evening and notified.

All money collected will go directly to the food bank, which expects this year to distribute about 55 tons of food to hungry families.