White Lake Township is collecting food for its Helping Hands food donation program, to assist low-income people facing hunger in the area.
“We just felt we needed to give back to the community,” said Dena Potter, White Lake Township Supervisor Greg Baroni’s administrative assistant and the township’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) fund director. “So many people are doing OK, and so many people aren’t. We felt the need to give back.”
In order to feed White Lake’s hungry, in conjunction with distribution from the White Lake Goodfellows, the township is asking people to donate non-perishable food items such as canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, and cereals.
Collection containers will be at the township offices, the Dublin Senior Center, and the police and fire stations.
“The reason we have drop-off containers at the police and fire stations is that if it’s after hours, you can still have a place to drop off the food,” Potter explained. “So if you can’t get to the township offices during working hours, you can go there.”
The township offices are located at 7525 Highland Road. The police station is located in the back of the municipal complex.
The Dublin Senior Center is located at 685 Union Lake Road. The Fire Department headquarters is situated at 7420 Highland Road.
The food started being collected on Nov. 1 and will continue through the end of the month. According to Potter, White Lake Goodfellows starts compiling the baskets to present to low-income residents on Dec. 1 in order to have everything ready for the Christmas holiday.