For Immediate Release
Berlin, VT- October10th 2020 – Weekday Mornings, Mike Czarny & Mary Cenci slide on the headphones and help radio listeners to Star 92.9 Mike & Mary program wake up, laugh and get their day started, but on October 22nd they’ll be encouraging a a convoy of cans to “Pack The Pantry” at the Central Vermont Salvation Army Emergency Food Shelf as they start their morning live in Berlin at Price Chopper on the Barre-Montpelier road with an empty 53 foot long Bellavance Tractor Trailer.
The goal of the Pack The Pantry Food & Funds Drive is clear, to pack the truck full of canned goods and nonperishable food items and collect monetary donations as well to keep the food shelf running through next year at this time and Star 92.9 with the help of Northfield Savings Bank won’t leave until the mission is accomplished.
Covid-19 has impacted many organizations this year but none quite as dramatically as the Salvation Army Food Emergency Food Shelf. Lieutenant Christopher West reports that weekly supplemental grocery distribution for less fortunate Vermont families has gone from 120 per week to over 600. The Emergency Food shelf has also gone from preparing 225 meals per week to 2,025.
“It’s been a tough year, we actually ran low in the food pantry in April and have been supplementing the emergency food shelf with funds that are needed in other areas like rent assistance and heat assistance. We understand that 2020 has been a difficult year for many but we’ve never seen the demand for supplement groceries and our soup kitchen outreach.”
The food and funds raised during Pack The Pantry stays local and that’s one of the things that Star 92.9’s Mary Cenci loves.
“Every morning Mike and I are like a big megaphone encouraging everyone to get up and get their day started, during Pack The Pantry we want to use that big megaphone to help less fortunate Central Vermonters! It’s going to take everyone’s help to fill that truck with food and funds but it really is about neighbors helping neighbors and I’m excited to be a part of the effort!”
Mary’s morning partner Mike Czarny has a different take, he sees Pack The Pantry as a way to help struggling families, seniors and less fortunate Vermonters who are facing another long cold winter.
“We all know where the economy is now, we know that prices on everything have gone up. Low income families are under more pressure to decide between food and heat or food and medicine this winter. That’s a choice that no one should have to make!”
Star 92.9 is looking for people to organize food and funds can drives at their work, school or church. If you are interested you can download the Pack The Pantry collection kit directly from Star929.com. It has everything you need to start your own Pack The Pantry collection.
For more information on Pack The Pantry Contact:
Star 929, John Mullett, VP of Operations/Station Manager 802-654-9325
The Salvation Army: Lieutenant Christopher West at 802-476-5301