KALKASKA — Volunteers hope to fill a truck today with food to help hungry families in Kalkaska County.
The Kampout for KAIR mixes a flavor of summertime camping with a food drive to benefit the Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resource (KAIR) food pantry.
The 24-hour campground sprang up at 5 p.m. Friday in front of the Bill Marsh car dealership in Kalkaska to accept non-perishable food donations. Boys Scouts from Troop 629 will keep a campfire burning and set up a tent campground for the duration of the food drive.
“There is such a great need to help hungry families in the Kalkaska area,” says Bill Marsh Jr. “We’re hopeful the community responds and helps to fill up the truck.”
Northland Food and Glen’s Market will stay open for 24 hours to help support the event. Donations will also be accepted at the Kalkaska Save-A-Lot. All three stores feature displays of the most sought-after foods and are also accepting donations.
Area schools, businesses and churches have also chipped in with food drives in advance of the Kampout event.
Organizers say KAIR expects a 25 percent increase in requests this year since expanding the places where clients can get food.
The Kampout for Kair is sponsored by the Bill Marsh Auto Group, Trout Town Café, Northland Foods, Glens Markets, Save-A-Lot, Morse Moving and Storage, TV 7&4/ABC 29&8, radio stations WKLT and The Fox FM.
Cash donations can be made online at www.Kampout.org.