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Salvation Army, Deet's BBQ team up for local food drive

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The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio notices a decrease in donations to its pantry after the holidays. It is encouraging the public to get involved in its effort to fill the shelves and stomachs of local families. The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio notices a decrease in donations to its pantry after the holidays. It is encouraging the public to get involved in its effort to fill the shelves and stomachs of local families.
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After the holidays food pantries are left bare, so the Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio is holding a food drive to inspire area businesses to pitch in and help.

For the 10th year in a row, the local Salvation Army is participating in the Feinstein Foundation's challenge to nonprofit organizations across the country. The foundation encourages the organizations to collect food and monetary donations in an effort to end hunger in the U.S. In return, the foundation matches what the participants bring in, up to $1 million nationwide.

"We don't have as much, as much food on our shelves, and the demand is even higher," said Tawny Cowen-Zanders, area coordinator for the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio notices a decrease in donations to its pantry after the holidays. It is encouraging the public to get involved in its effort to fill the shelves and stomachs of local families.

"This food drive is incredibly important for us to be able to continue to serve all the needs here within our community," explained Cowen-Zanders.

The Salvation Army is seeing people who are used to providing for their families coming through the doors asking for help, making the need even greater for those who rely on the food and services provided.

"They're having a very difficult time feeding their families. They're having to make choices between, you know, paying their rent or buying healthy food," said Cowen-Zanders.

Thanks to the help of several area businesses there are more than 35 boxes at different locations collecting food and money for the Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio.

Deet's BBQ located at 1385 Conant Street in Maumee has been a huge supporter of the Salvation Army for two years. Starting Wednesday, those who bring in a nonperishable food item and make a small purchase will receive a tasty treat.

"It's a quarter-pound pulled pork sandwich, just for you to bring in a nonperishable item. You know, lots of people have canned goods and stuff that has been in their cupboards, or whatever, so, bring some in. We have a box right in here that you can just drop them off in, and we'll give you some food to go with it," said Trevor Deeter, owner of Deet's BBQ.

The food drive and Deet's BBQ's donation special runs through April 30.

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