Zap Poverty event collects donations for local nonprofits

(Pioneer photo/Mary Mattingly)

(Pioneer photo/Mary Mattingly)

ZAP POVERTY — Dozens of community members rallied to support local nonprofit organizations by donating canned goods, cash and check donations and more by dropping off contributions to the annual Zap Poverty event. The food drive is organized each year by the Zonta Club in Big Rapids.

“We received so many more donations than last year — this year was a huge success,” said Stacey Jackson, a member of the Zonta Club in Big Rapids. “The weather was beautiful. This year was definitely a better turnout than last year and we are very happy with the way it went.”

After the drop-off, representatives from Manna Food Pantry, WISE, Angels of Action and Project Starburst went through donations and were able to take what their organizations needed.

The event benefited from the generosity of community members, including Ferris students. This was the first year the Ferris State Nurses Association contributed to the event — representatives from the organization brought several boxes of donations, which Jackson said was exciting.

All donations served to give the pantries a head start on saving up goods for winter.

“There are a lot of people in need,” Jackson said. “A lot of the pantries need to start stocking up now in preparation for the winter. Especially after the winter we had last year, their shelves were cleaned out. We got a lot more donations than last year and it was very much appreciated.”

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