Despite nature’s intervention with wind and then snow, the Boy Scouts continued their annual food drive and brought in 2,252 pounds of food for the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf; 2016 had netted 8,711 pounds.
Because of the critical shortfall, St. Lawrence Church stepped up and continued the food collection at a safer time, which will be weighed this week. GEFS sends out a special thank you to St. Lawrence, our local Scouts, the many volunteers and Frank Leskovic, who chaired the event.
The next community event will be the Crop Walk at 1:30 p.m. May 7 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4301 Mount Read Blvd., Rochester. An individual, organization and/or family can collect pledges of any amount and walk any distance to raise funds to fight hunger locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. It is a walk for anyone who wants the fun time while helping feed those in need. If you are in a wheelchair, collect your pledges and join in, too. All are welcome.
We will be running a list of all churches and organizations that participate to show how actively our community is involved in helping people here and around the world.
On May 23, plan to attend an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. at 500 Maiden Lane, Rochester, which will showcase the wonderful work being done by GEFS. Finger food will be served. Tours of the shelf will be given and questions answered. Invitations will be sent, but if you do not receive one and wish to learn more about how your food shelf provides emergency food for Greece and Charlotte, please drop in for a few minutes from 4 to 7 p.m. May 23.