November 27, 2014

Au Gres Christian Charities hosting food truck Oct. 26

10/23/13

Au GRES — Needy families in Arenac County will be able to get food assistance Oct. 26 when Au Gres Christian Charities (AGCC) hosts a food truck at the Au Gres City Park.

Kim Easterle, fundraising chairwoman for AGCC, said this is the second food truck the group has hosted this year. She said bringing the truck to Au Gres was made possible by a large donation the AGCC recently received.

“It’s because of the $700 grant that the Au Gres Knights of Columbus gave us that we are able to us,” she said.

Donations such as the one from the K of C are what keep AGCC’s food trucks and pantry operations going, Easterle added.

“We depend totally on money donations from churches and organizations in the community to fund what we do,” she said.

People who would like to receive food from the truck need to bring identification proving that they are residents of Arenac County, according to Easterle. She said they will also need to bring a box to carry their food in.

Many of the county residents who will receive food from the truck are expected to be clients of the AGCC food pantry that operates out of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Au Gres, Easterle said.

“Most of the people who do come to the food truck are members who come to the food pantry, but the truck is open to anyone in Arenac County,” she said.

Easterle said Arenac County has a high poverty rate, which is why the pantry tries to bring a food truck to the county in addition to operating the pantry year-round. AGCC tries to bring the truck to town twice a year, Easterle said.

People will be able to find the food items from the truck near the park’s pavilion, according to Easterle.

“We set up along where the pavilion is, and hopefully it’ll be a nice day so we can do it outside,” she said.

Food distribution begins at 1 p.m. and will continue until the food is gone, Easterle said. She said people will be able to fill their boxes with an assortment of different types of food.

This is expected to be the final food truck distribution AGCC holds this year, Easterle said.

Easterle said the AGCC food pantry provides food to approximately 5,500 people in Arenac County every year.

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