Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 30, 2013

Northern Notes: BACN Fall Food Drive to start

BY STEPHANIE BEACH
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Benzie Area Christian Neighbors’ Fall Food Drive will start Tuesday, Oct. 1, with a shortened time frame and a new “virtual” element.

“We have shortened the time frame for this year’s drive so every day is critical to success,” said Operations Director Michelle Northrup.

Volunteers will work two-hour shifts to cover from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 2-6, at Honor and Copemish Family Markets, Save-A-Lot and Shop and Save in Benzonia, and Glen’s in Frankfort. They also will be passing out flyers listing the items most needed by the BACN food pantry. Shoppers also can “scan a buck” for BACN at Glen’s, Shop and Save and Save-A-Lot. Donations made to that code will become a BACN store credit.

Also new this year is a “Virtual Food Drive” with a dollor for dollar match challenge. Online gifts to the drive can be made at www.benziebacn.org. All gifts from Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Oct. 10 will qualify for an Oleson Foundation challenge up to $5,000.

“So many of our supporters travel or live outside our immediate area. Donating over the Internet gives them a convenient way to still be part of the community,” said David Abeel, director of development.

“We hope everyone will help us put food on the table for Benzie and northern Manistee county families who are struggling,” added Gerri Van Antwerp, BACN executive director.

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The Zonta Club of Leelanau County wrote to thank everyone who helped make the “Fruit of the Vine” event such a success at Brengman Brothers winery on Center Highway, Traverse City.

The sponsors were Bill Marsh, Sharon Bogucki, CPA, Core Energy, Gallagher’s Farm Market, JA MacNeal, Linda Peppler, CPA, and Carol Vernon. Great prizes were contributed by local businesses and everyone who attended had a great time.

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Catholic Heart Workcamp sent more than 20 students/adults to work at Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) recently.

The work teams repaired and painted the storefront, built a storage shed, painted the sorting room and organized Festival of Trees decorations and more.

“KAIR has made a lot of changes for the good in the past two years after being wounded by embezzlement,” wrote Kathy Bowman, KAIR co-director. “The resale store already has a new look. The students/adults came from five states and we are so excited to have Catholic Heart Workcamp include us in their mission week.”

KAIR is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that ministers to the needy in Kalkaska County with funds from its resale store that provide food and baby pantries and client services to help pay heating, electric, medical and other bills that cause hardship.