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Cary-Grove basketball team donates 2,000 pounds of food to pantry

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 11:37 p.m. CST
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Cary-Grove High School junior and varsity basketball player Nick Barr organized his team's first food drive Saturday. The team collected nearly 2,000 pounds of food for the Cary-Grove Food Pantry, and plans to hold another food drive next year.

CARY – Members of the Cary-Grove High School boys basketball team donated about 2,000 pounds of food to the Cary-Grove Food Pantry last weekend, the biggest donation the pantry has received this month.

On Saturday, more than 40 Cary-Grove basketball players – from freshmen to seniors – collected two truckloads of food and a “couple hundred” dollars in monetary donations, said Melody Stanko, Cary-Grove Food Pantry board president.

“I was impressed to see we have a great community of high school kids,” Stanko said. “They did a great thing.”

Stanko said that although the donation was the biggest the pantry has received this holiday season, it will likely provide just a week’s worth of food to the more than 60 people who will visit the pantry this week.

“It goes out quite quickly,” Stanko said. “But that’s a good thing. Having a week of food is a great thing.”

Stanko said she was in contact with Cary-Grove junior and varsity player Nick Barr for months as they planned the food collection. Barr said in a news release that he hopes to continue the collection again next year.

“I’d heard of other high school basketball teams coming together to do something for their communities and wanted to start our own tradition. … It was a great team-builder and it felt good to do something for the community,” Barr said. “Next year I hope we’ll collect even more.”

The Cary-Grove Food Pantry still is in need of donations, particularly after the holiday season, Stanko said.

“We are always in need because we don’t close in December,” she said. “January comes around and people are finished with their giving. But it’s a good thing we get food in December. It will keep food on our shelves into next year.”

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