Annual Food Drive Sees Increased Traffic Amid A Worldwide Pandemic

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JAMESTOWN – An annual food drive benefiting on one of Jamestown’s largest soup kitchens took place over the weekend.

Event organizer Keith Martin says aside from new safety precautions, the seventh annual “Community Holiday Haul” furthering the St. Susan’s Center experienced increased in traffic even amid a worldwide pandemic.

“The COVID situation really has not really effected people coming out, which is great, we are masked up, we are being COVID safe, but all-in-all I think the weather has been nicer this year so more and more people have come by to drop off donations to St. Susan’s,” says Martin.

Parked outside of Jamestown Cycle Shop in Brooklyn Square Thursday through Saturday, Martin’s crew collected everything from nonperishable food items, to drinks, to turkeys and hams along with monetary donations going to the center.

Even though this year’s drive is complete, Martin says anyone thinking of donating still should.

Those interested can visit and click on the ‘donate’ tab. Throughout the pandemic the center has provided bagged lunches for those in need.

Martin says his group won’t know the true scale of their “haul” until later this week; but says in year’s past the crew has collected over 75,000 pounds of food and more than $80,000 in funds to benefit the soup kitchen.


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