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Feeding the 5,000 Prayer Service

posted Feb 26, 2011, 7:55 AM by Karla Marie
2/26/11 BY JODEANE ALBRIGHT     jalbright@journalnet.com 
     POCATELLO — Now in its 14th year, Pocatello’s Feeding the 5,000 Families food drive will kick off today with a community event. It will be held at Pocatello’s First Presbyterian Church, 202 S. Seventh Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.    The service is a way of highlighting and encouraging Pocatellans to take part in the drive, which will run through May 2. This year, as in every year, the need is great to get enough food to the hungry.    Readers for this special   service include Laura McKnight, Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Dawn McLaughlin, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lynda Montgomery, First United Methodist Church and Melissa Norton, First Presbyterian Church.    At the service there will be prayers, Scripture readings, music, an opportunity for silent meditation and there will be videos from agencies that focus on the hungry, including Bread for the World and the Idaho Foodbank. There will also be displays in the chapel of the church.      Planning meetings for Feeding the 5,000 Families began in January and they meet every Thursday at noon at the Idaho Foodbank, 555 S. First Ave. in Pocatello.    Pocatello’s Feeding the 5,000 Families is the nation’s longest-running annual interfaith event to raise awareness and receive donations to feed the hungry. All proceeds to go the Idaho Foodbank. Cocaptains in 2011 are Dawn McLaughlin and Karla Reynolds.    Items most needed are high-protein food such as canned chili, beans, meats   and soups as well as personal care items including soaps, toilet paper, combs, Band-Aids, brushes, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hair care items, feminine hygiene items and disposable diapers.    However, baby food cannot be accepted.    You can help the Feeding the 5,000 Families program by donating food to your church or to the Idaho Foodbank, and at local participating credit unions. Monetary donations are accepted as well. The food bank can buy several dollars worth of food for every $1 donated.



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Attendees at a previous year’s Feeding the 5,000 Families fundraiser load up on food. This year’s Feeding the 5,000 Families food drive will kick off today with a community event. It will be at Pocatello’s First Presbyterian Church, 202 S. Seventh Ave., starting at 7 p.m.
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