Jan 5, 2007
Livco Democrats exercise their core values with donations to local community food bank
BRIGHTON - Needy people and the hungry in Livingston County will receive more than 11,300 meals in the coming weeks thanks to the efforts of the Livingston County Democratic Party and their supporters.
Party Chairman Matt Evans said Thursday that local Democrats had collected more than $700 in cash and 100 pounds of food to feed the hungry. Party officials delivered the donations to the Gleaners Community Food Bank distribution center in Brighton on December 28th.
Evans said plans are to make this effort by Democrats to remember those in need during the holiday season an annual event. Evans said compassion for those who are less fortunate is a core Democratic value, and this fund drive on behalf of Gleaners gave local Democrats a chance to put their values into action.
Gleaners is the third-oldest food bank in the United States, and it distributes 25 million pounds of good annually, equivalent to 65,000 meals per day. It is the only source of emergency food for persons in need. Gleaners officials said the food bank can convert each $1 donated into 16 meals -or 16 pounds of food - by buying food wholesale. Using the Gleaner’s formula, the $700 donated by local Democrats amounts to 11,200 meals, and the 100 pounds of donated food represent another 100 meals.