Food drive collects 3,000 pounds of food

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

The St. Mary Outreach-United Way 27th Annual Food For Families Food Drive raised nearly 3,000 pounds of food donations Wednesday to help feed those in need in the area.
Brenda Liner, assistant director of St. Mary Outreach, said the organization chose to hold the food drive at M C Bank & Trust this year in order to be seen better by the people passing through the area.
Eric Gros of Belle River, who donated food, said, “The honest truth is more people deserve more than I do. I make money. I go to work every day to make money. I can buy what I want. There are people out there who really can’t.”
He decided to donate food after hearing about it on the radio. “I had to go to Walmart anyway to pick some stuff up so I might well get some other stuff and bring it over here.” Next year, Gros plans to bring 15 to 20 cases of vegetables.
Though Gros has a job, times are hard, and not everyone can find a job, he said.
As of this morning, Liner said the rough estimate of donations was around 2,500 to 3,000 pounds of food and about $2,000 in monetary donations. The 2012 drive was helped by it coinciding with the mayoral election, Liner said.
In 2012, St. Mary Outreach received 4,400 pounds in food donations, Liner said. Also in 2012, the organization received $8,600 in monetary donations.
St. Mary Outreach is a private, non-profit organization solely and relies solely on donations to operate, Liner said.
Joyce Leger of Amelia said she always donates food to the drive every year. She donated can goods at the Amelia Belle Casino and brought can goods to the food drive at M C Bank.
BM3 Cole LaZella of the U.S. Coast Guard in Morgan City volunteered with other Coast Guard members in Morgan City to help sort through the food and load it onto trucks. LaZella said many people showed up to donate in the morning and at lunch time.
The Morgan City High School choir and band performed during the drive, which also saw a visit from Santa.
For anyone wanting to donate to St. Mary Outreach, the organization accepts donations of food, money, hygiene products, or other items year round at its office. The office is located at 608 First St. in Morgan City.

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