Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 3, 2009

Food drive is success, officials say

GLASGOW — Barren Countians recently stepped up to answer a call for help by responding to the first communitywide food drive.

Individuals, civic organizations, churches and other groups were recently asked to donate enough nonperishable food to fill food pantries in Glasgow and Cave City “to the brim;” hence the name of the food drive.

The actual food drive spanned from Aug. 24-29, but donations began pouring in prior to the designated week for the drive and are still coming in, according to officials.

Sue Haynes, director of the Community Relief Fund for Glasgow-Barren County, said Wednesday there is no way to actually measure how much food was donated.

“The response has been so overwhelming that we’ve actually overflowed out of our food pantry room into another room,” she said. “We really didn’t expect this. We really appreciate the businesses, churches and individuals who have given food. A very, very special thank you goes to Dr. Mody. He’s been great to work with and he’s really worked hard at this.”

It was Bharat Mody’s idea to do a communitywide food drive.

“He pretty much coordinated all of it,” Haynes said.

Mody spoke at several civic club meetings and other organizations encouraging everyone to take part in the “To the Brim” food drive. He also helped organize the placement of volunteers are various locations, such as the Glasgow Walmart, to hand out fliers and take food donations.

“Our wish was to fill the pantries ‘to the brim’ and I think our wish was fulfilled,” Mody, a Glasgow surgeon said. “At the same time, our motto was the community at its best, taking care of its own. I think that’s also been fulfilled because everyone stepped up to the effort for this mission.”

Mody’s hope was that the food drive would become an annual event, and that people would continue to make donations to the food pantries throughout the year.

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