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      Project Feed a Neighbor wrap up

      Project Feed a Neighbor has wrapped up for the year and it was a success. This past weekend, volunteers collected bags of donated food and paper products in Ishpeming, Negaunee and Republic.

      The bags were then dropped off at St. Vincent De Paul and Salvation Army stores in those areas. Last year they donated about 6,000 pounds of food, this year they topped that thanks to some help from some new groups.

      "I've been down to the food pantries at the Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul and what were empty shelves a couple of weeks ago are now fully stocked," said Organizer Richard Derby.

      "We want to say 'thank you' to all of the people who participated and especially our sister church Mitchell United Methodist in Negaunee who did such a great job of starting the whole project and campaign in their town."

      Derby added that next year they're looking to expand and are looking at social media as a tool to help that growth.