Churches band together for food collection

McHENRY – Churches in northern McHenry County once again are uniting to conduct a Community Food Drive this month to battle hunger in the area.

"We want to feed the hungry, stock the shelves of food pantries, which normally run low during this time of year, and demonstrate to our congregations and our communities the impact we can have as we work together," Tim Beavis, pastor at The Orchard Church in McHenry, said in a news release.

Last year, churches gathered nearly 7,200 pounds of food for local pantries. This year, members will gather both nonperishable food items and funds that the pantries can use to buy meat, dairy and fresh produce.

"In partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a $5 gift can be used to purchase the equivalent of 30 meals for family of four," Jeff Pittman, McHenry campus pastor at The Chapel, said in the release.

The churches are asking the community to participate by bringing nonperishable food items (no glass please) to McHenry West High School from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

All donations go to local food pantries.

Participating churches are Community of Faith Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Lifespring Community Church in Spring Grove, Light House Church in McHenry, Fellowship of Faith Lutheran Church in McHenry, Meadowland Church in Johnsburg, Maranatha Assembly of God in McHenry, McHenry Evangelical Free Church in McHenry, Spring Grove Bible Fellowship in Spring Grove, The Chapel in McHenry, and The Orchard Church in McHenry.

To learn more, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhd5fJJ-TSA for a two-minute video from participating church leaders.

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