Event benefits hundreds of Janesville-area needy families
JANESVILLE – Organizers said 350 needy families and another 50 needy senior citizens received two weeks of groceries from the annual Bags of Hope holiday food distribution on Saturday.
The event, organized by the Janesville School District, had food left over, which was given to the Salvation Army and the ECHO food pantry.
Dozens of volunteers showed up early Saturday morning at a south-side building to pack huge amounts of foodstuffs into shopping bags. Volunteers later delivered them to families selected by district social workers.
Organizers reported raising $46,400 to pay for the food, exceeding their $40,000 goal. The money came through in-school fundraisers and from local businesses and other community members.
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