Marion Proclaims August 30th "Food Pantry Awareness Day"

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By Loreto Cruz III

MARION -- The city of Marion celebrated "Food Pantry Awareness Day" on Saturday. The day was marked with volunteers holding a "Rummage for a Reason."

"The recognition and involvement of this second food pantry awareness day campaign can enrich our entire community and help end hunger," said Mayor Bob Butler.

Governor Quinn proclaimed the holiday statewide last year, and individual towns and cities have since instilled their own renditions of the holiday.

"It's our goal to get as many mayors as possible to sign on," said Melanie Brothers, an organizer of Saturday's event. Brothers is a volunteer from the group "Sisters in Christ" who organized the sale. 

"We're just trying to raise awareness of the needs of these food pantries," said Brothers. "It's never too late to make a donation at the community's food pantry or pick up an extra bag of groceries when you go out to drop off. They can always use it."

All the money raised from Saturday's sale will go to area food pantries.    

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