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United Way 'food drop' helps 315 area families; another one planned

Contributed photo Families throughout the area were able to receive canned goods and other items thanks to a food drive organized by the Community Impact Coalition of the local United Way and the North Country Food Bank.

More than 315 families were able to get groceries from the 30,000 pounds of food distributed at the New Life Christian Church on July 30.

There were more than 1,000 people who came to the first food drop in Douglas County sponsored by the Community Impact Coalition.

The coalition is a group of health and human services agencies that meet and work together to find ways to help individuals have a better life. Funds were raised locally to make it possible for North Country Food Bank to bring a semitruck filled with food.

The first food drop was kind of a dry run and wasn't heavily publicized. Families were notified through health and human services agencies.

A second food drop is scheduled for August 27 at the United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Avenue East, from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information about the coalition, contact Jessica Boyer, United Way Community Impact director, at (320) 763-4840.

The United Way impacts lives by mobilizing resources to create sustained changes in community conditions to improve lives in Douglas and Pope counties.

Contributions to United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties are tax deductible gifts that will be used to help those in need in the local community.

For more information or to find out how to get involved, visit the website