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Portage Health donates 1,626 pounds of food to local charities

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Harvest Gathering 2009      
Portage Health director of volunteer services Luci Sintkowski weighs bags of food brought in by staff and visitors to Portage Health as Communications Department executive secretary Connie Greenleaf records the weight and volunteer Tom Shilling helps lift the bags. More than 1,600 pounds of food were collected over the month of October as Portage Health sponsored a food drive as part of the Michigan Harvest Gathering.  
Note: This was originally posted on: 11/06/2009 

HANCOCK — A food drive held during the month of October at Portage Health gleaned more than 1,600 pounds of food for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Portage Health was a host food drive site for the Michigan Harvest Gathering, a food and fundraising effort for the Food Bank Council of Michigan.

"We know that this year is especially important as the economy has affected almost everyone," said MHG local project director Luci Sintkowski, Portage Health's director of volunteer services. "Resources at state food banks are stretched to the limit while the demand for emergency food assistance is up an average of 30 percent over last year."

The drive ran from October 1 to 31 at five Portage Health locations: the main lobby in Hancock, PortagePointe, Lake Linden, Home Care and Hospice and the Houghton Rehab center.

Food was weighed and distributed to the two charities on November 3. All donations will stay in the local area.

"They were very appreciative of our donations and know that all of that food will be put to good use," Sintkowski said. "A big thank you to everyone who helped a local family in need."

Note: This was originally posted on: 11/06/2009 

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