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Boy Scouts and volunteers come together to stock The Salvation Army food pantry during the Food for the Hungry drive. Seated in front is Salvation army youth director Adam Hansen. Standing, from left, are Cody Berges, Colton Gerber, Sienna Jackson, Dylan Burton, Katie Johns, Trenton Barton, Jesse Barnes, Trevor Mackie, advisory board member Kevin Mishey, Tyler Mackie and Joe Henning.
Boy Scouts and volunteers come together to stock The Salvation Army food pantry during the Food for the Hungry drive. Seated in front is Salvation army youth director Adam Hansen. Standing, from left, are Cody Berges, Colton Gerber, Sienna Jackson, Dylan Burton, Katie Johns, Trenton Barton, Jesse Barnes, Trevor Mackie, advisory board member Kevin Mishey, Tyler Mackie and Joe Henning. (Photo by Rhonda Bletner) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
December 11, 2012 10:49 am EST

 

MOUNT VERNON — The Food for the Hungry drive demonstrates how the Knox County community comes together to help neighbors who live at or below the poverty line and struggle with paying bills and feeding their family. The drive isn’t just about the number of food items or money donated, it’s about people.

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The people, the neighbors, whom the drive reaches are valued. Joy Harris of Interchurch noted that the food drive reaches people all year. Then there are the people like Harris who work for Interchurch and the Salvation Army as staff and volunteers.

The 2012 drive was a first-time experience for Capt. Jon Jackson of The Salvation Army. Jackson said he was impressed with the community spirit.

His wife, Sienna Jackson, said, “The Benders (Major Bob Bender, Jackson’s predecessor) warned us that it’s a big deal. I think we didn’t realize how much the whole county is involved. I’ve never been in a community where everyone worked together so much.”

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