Monday marked the official start of the TV6 Canathon, which has collected over three-million pounds of non-perishable food items for local pantries in the last 30 years.
The food stays in the communities in which it is collected, with the goal being to help feed a hungry neighbor. According to Mary Ann Wolf of St. Vincent de Paul in Ishpeming, the number of people needing help has increased throughout the years.
Wolf says that out of the Ishpeming store, they service anywhere from 117 to 130 families a month, and last month the Ishpeming District gave away 450 baskets of non-perishables.
"In the Ishpeming District, we have four food pantries, and we have all seen a great increase in the number of people that are coming to our food pantries," said Wolf. "So whatever people will give us is so greatly appreciated."
If you are looking for information on where you can donate non-perishable food items, visit our TV6 Canathon page.