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Stop Senior Hunger food drive nets 1,100 pounds of food

By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Oct. 28, 2011 at 5:28 a.m.


OPPORTUNITIES

Wednesday - Junior League of Victoria Gourmet Soiree, "Holiday Cooking Italian Style" with Chef Johnny Carino, noon to 2 p.m., Victoria Country Club, hatleyerin@gmail.com for ticket information.

Nov. 16 - Dine With Your Dog, 6-8 p.m., Pump House Restaurant, 1201 W. Stayton St., $75, benefits Adopt-A-Pet, 361-676-7441/361-575-7387.

Nov. 19 - First Victoria Bank First Ladies 28th annual Holiday Coffee fashion show, 9:30 a.m., Victoria Community Center, $5, reservations by Nov. 11, call 361-574-8431 or 361-572-6566.

Victoria Senior Citizens Center

The Victoria Senior Citizens Center was the recent recipients of more than 1,100 pounds of food courtesy of the Stop Hunger initiative of Comfort Keepers.

Comfort Keepers, which provides in-home care for senior citizens, began the program in response to a growing need for awareness about senior nutrition and hunger.

The local food drive was held from Sept. 1 through Oct. 6, said Tracy Morgan, peer coordinator and assistant administrator of Comfort Keepers in Victoria.

"We wanted to give back to our community," Morgan said. "We appreciate everyone who donated and helped with this worthy cause."

Donation boxes were placed at locations around Victoria and 1,124 pounds of food collected.

Most of it was donated to the Victoria Senior Citizens Center with some going to the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent and some donated to Comfort Keepers clients.

"This is awesome," said Debbie Garner, executive director of the Victoria Senior Citizens Center. "Our people are always in need of extra food because of their fixed incomes. We are very appreciative of this food drive they put on for us."

For more information on Stop Senior Hunger, call 361-578-7778.

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