The Benzie Area Christian Neighbors' food pantry is in need of food donations to help with an increase in visits in 2012.

Officials said the pantry is in need of food items high in protein including peanut butter, all types of dried beans, pork and beans, canned tuna or chicken. Financial donations can also be used by the organization to purchase discounted items from sources like Feed America.

BACN Director of Development David Abeel said visits to the food pantry are up 17 percent for the first three months of 2012. Michelle Northrup can provide more information at (231) 882-9544, ext. 228, or donors can visit

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