Greener BeeGreen HolidaysVolunteers fan out across Bowling Green in search of donations for local food pantries

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (13abc Action News) – They got their assignments, packed their cars and hit the sidewalks.

“I think it’s a great day, and I’m just glad to be out here volunteering and helping out the community,” said volunteer Taylor Thompson.

Dozen of volunteers in Bowling Green spent their Saturday, a day off, giving back.

“I’ve always loved service, so this is just another great way to get out there and get involved,” said Shaina Harmon.

The Bowling Green State University students were some of the many who went door-to-door collecting canned food for those in need.

It was all for the annual MLK Weekend Food Drive which puts emphasis on serving others.

The key message once constantly echoed by the holiday’s namesake.

“I think a lot of people get caught up in the holidays with giving back, and I just like that this falls after it to restock and help people throughout the rest of the year,” added Thompson.

Once the food’s collected it’s all brought to coffee shop Grounds for Thought. Each food item is then sorted out and then distributed to six Bowling Green-area food pantries

In Ohio, one in six people struggles with putting food on the table. The drive’s organizer says seeing the number of volunteers, and donated items, grow every year makes a big difference for those in need.

“It’s just a good time for everybody to be involved and help give back and help other people out,” said Executive Director of the Brown Bag Food Project Amy Holland.

Volunteers will return to Bowling Green again Sunday to sort all the items they collected. The canned goods, along with other donations, will then be distributed to various food banks.

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