Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 22, 2009

Residents get jump on food drive

GLASGOW — “To the Brim” food drive is slated to start next week, but people in Glasgow and Cave City have already started collecting non-perishable food items for the drive.

“We have had several calls on it and some of the churches and different civic groups have already brought food by,” said Sue Haynes, director of the Community Relief Fund for Glasgow-Barren County.

But what has been donated up to this point is not enough. More donations are needed. The food drive, which is the first community-wide food drive held locally, is scheduled to take place Aug. 24-29. It’s purpose is to fill local food pantries “to the brim;” hence the name. Haynes hopes that by the end of next week the Community Relief Fund/Salvation Army food pantry in Glasgow and Pathfinders’ food pantry in Cave City, as well as all other food pantries at area schools and service agencies will be full.

“Dr. (Bharat) Mody is the one who has really pushed it. He’s a generous, humble guy. He’s gone out and just really pushed this. This was totally his idea,” she said.

Mody, a Glasgow physician, has spoken to serveral civic groups and at local events in recent months alerting everyone about the upcoming food drive.

“The word is spreading around and I’m hoping everyone joins in next week,” he said.

Last week, signs were posted throughout Glasgow and Cave City as reminders. Beginning this week volunteers will be at Walmart, Food Lion and Houchens seeking donations of nonperishable food items.

“The main reason we are doing this, our main food pantry, which is at Community Relief and Salvation Army, (is) almost empty, even though United Way did a food drive in the spring, we are still running very low. That’s why we decided to do this,” Mody said.

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