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Mission of Hope Receives Massive Food Donation

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    May 24, 2014 | 11:15 pm

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Their shelves were nearly empty, but not anymore. The food pantry at Mission of Hope received about 3,000 pounds of canned food, Saturday.

    To fill the pantry’s shelves, people formed a bucket brigade that started at the delivery truck outside and ended in the basement.

    Mission of Hope officials thought the cans would be enough to last the summer.

    They called the massive donation a “blessing” that couldn’t have come at a better time. Use of the pantry is up 40% year to date. On average, Mission of Hope is feeding more than 40 families each day.

    “A lot of people in the community depend on this pantry to help them get through. We’re the closest in Southeast Cedar Rapids,” said Marian Buck, the program’s director.

    The cans were donated at local Fareways through the Yes We Can food drive that took place last Saturday.

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