Foodshare Canathon Returns To Kroger

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The 33rd Annual Foodshare Canathon is back in Peoria.

It’s biggest sponsor, Kroger Co.’s Central Division, has stacked pre-filled bags of food near the front of local stores. Shoppers purchase the bags, which are donated to the Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition.

“Canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, pasta, peanut butter,” Foodshare Canathon Co-Chair Majorie LaFont said, “all non-perishable food items.”

LaFont says those are the types of foods the area’s hungry needs the most.

“Meats and protein items are the ones most often lacking at our food pantries and those are the ones that we need,” LaFont said.

LaFont says you can also donate by leaving food on your doorstep Sunday, March 19 to be picked up as well.

The Canathon collected nearly 64,000 pounds of food in 2016. Much of that came from pre-bagged food snacks offered in local Kroger stores. Customers are invited to select $3, $5 and $10 donation bags.

LaFont says they hope to top 65,000 pounds this year.

You can sign up to collect food by calling Pepper Bauer at 309-697-5762.

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