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Food Drive Fundraiser Set April 9

posted Apr 2, 2011, 1:16 PM by Karla Reynolds   [ updated Apr 2, 2011, 1:23 PM ]

POCATELLO — Feeding the 5,000 Families food drive, the longest-running interfaith food drive in the United States, is celebrating its 14th year with a progressive dinner Saturday, April 9. It is a major fundraiser for the campaign, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Idaho Foodbank.

What a great way to help out the local food bank, enjoy tasty meals and support the campaign. Starting at 5:30 p.m. participants begin the dinner at First Presbyterian Church, 202 S. Seventh Ave., where you can enjoy a full plate of appetizers. Follow that with soup and salad, hosted by Central Christian Church at 918 E. Center St. The main course will be at 6:30 p.m. at the LDS Caldwell Park building, corner of East Lewis Street and Seventh Avenue.

The evening ends with dessert served at Holy Spirit Catholic Community’s St. Anthony’s   chapel at 504 N. Seventh Ave.

Other faith communities taking part in the dinner include Grace Lutheran Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. Students from the Idaho State University dietetics program also will take part this year. Music will be provided at each venue. 

Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple, with proceeds going to the Idaho Foodbank. Tickets will be sold before the dinner but there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Karen McCall and Linda Jones launched Feeding the 5,000 Families 14 years ago   as part of a series of Sunday school lessons at First United Methodist Church. The classes traced the life and teachings of Christ. McCall said when it came to feeding the 5,000, the teachers decided to get the community involved.

 Eight local churches signed on that first year. Feeding the 5,000 Families food drive had collected 1 million pounds of food by its 10th anniversary. McCall said the dinner was the brainchild of Eric Brown, former pastor at United Methodist Church.

About 20 local churches are involved in the annual food drive that continues to May 2. For every $1 donated to the food bank, that means the food bank can provide 3.89 pounds of food, $6 worth of food and   offer three nutritious meals.

Theme this year is “Be ye kind to one another,” from Ephesians 4:32.

For more information, go to  www.Feedingthe5000.org   or call Dawn, 238-3540 or Karla at 637-0293.