Little Brothers food drive is this Saturday

HANCOCK – For the 23rd year, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly will take part in the North American Food Drive, and Mike Aten is hoping this year to collect twice the amount collected last year.

“We’re hoping to collect 10,000 pounds,” said Aten, who is the former LBFE executive director and currently is developing a foundation for the local organization.

Aten said LBFE began working with the Michigan Technological University Lambda Chi Epsilon fraternity to collect nonperishable food items door to door in 1991. Recently, about 7,000 pounds have been collected each year.

As in the past, Aten said specially-marked grocery bags will be placed in the Daily Mining Gazette Tuesday.

“There’ll be directions on the bag,” he said.

Donors put food and some non-food items, such as paper towels and toilet paper, in the bags, which should then be placed on a porch or somewhere in the front of the donor’s home to be picked up by fraternity members from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. If a bag isn’t picked up by 2 p.m., the donor should call LBFE at 482-6944 and someone will be sent to pick it up. Donors can also bring their donations to the LBFE Hancock office at 527 Hancock St. until 4 p.m.

Donors can also use their own bags for donations, Aten said.

What is collected will be put into the LBFE food pantry, Aten said, and possibly shared with Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul, both in Hancock.

The areas where donations will be collected are Hancock and Houghton south to Atlantic Mine, Chassell and South Range.