Food drive stocks pantry shelves

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Empty shelves are now full at the Holt Community Food Pantry May 14.

HOLT, Fla., May 15, 2019–Saturday’s food drive appeared to be a resounding success after everything was weighed and counted.

An estimated 3,500 pounds of food was collected during the Stamp Out Hunger drive in the Holt/Baker/Milligan community.

Empty shelves at the Holt Community Food Pantry before the driveĀ are now packed and waiting for customers.

“We can’t thank the community enough for its overwhelming generosity,” said Donna Ash, pantry director.

This was most food collected in the past five years, according to Holt post office manager Joyce Arnett-Kennedy.

Participants stepped up to meet the challenge in different ways.

Holt resident Carol Menzies, who operates Carol’s $5 Boutique, an online jewelry business, donated 100 percent of her sales last week to the food drive.

“I personally know the struggles and challenges life can throw at ya,” she posted on her Facebook page May 6. “Without notice, life as we know it can change and nothing is ever guaranteed.”

With the money from last week’s sales, she was able to donate enough vegetables to feed at least 24 families.

She credits her customers for their kindness and generosity.

And every little bit helped. Patsy and Bobbi Michelle Listau, Miss Celebrations USA Princess Royales, jumped in with a donated bag.

“It’s fantastic,” Ash said. “This has to be the best food drive to date.”

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