Generosity helps fills food bank

From the Register-Mail:

The sunshine in Galesburg was pretty much gone by noon Saturday, but the relatively mild temperatures still helped the Community Food Drive for FISH. Galesburg Broadcasting and United Parcel Service teamed up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to fill up four of UPS’ “Big Brown Trucks” with non-perishable food items for the food pantry…..

“This truck was full when I got here,” he said. “We’re stocking up for the holidays.”

Help for Robinson was on the way, but he said he didn’t want to wait and let too much food stack up before other FISH volunteers began taking the items to the pantry.

“The plan was to start at 2 p.m., but I said ‘I can’t wait that long.’ You can’t predict the flow,” he said.

For example, he said things were busy early at Hy-Vee on Henderson Street and slow at Wal-Mart but then picked up at Wal-Mart.

Robinson said recent food drives by Knox College, Nielson School, Wal-Mart and Mabel Woolsey Elementary in Knoxville have helped restock the shelves at FISH. He showed a reporter a 10-by-20-foot room where the items from Saturday’s food drive were being stored. About one-fourth was filled by about 12:15 p.m., with many wooden pallets waiting for more boxes.

“This will be stacked to the ceiling, front to back, when we’re done,” Robinson said.