Harvest for Hungry food drive to run through March 23

March 16, 2002

The 16th annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive begins today throughout the state, with hopes that a more concerted outreach effort will improve the spotty results of the last few years.

Today through March 23, donors may leave nonperishable food at their mailboxes for collection by letter carriers. They also may bring food to local post offices. The drive benefits the Maryland Food Bank, which supplies food to 900 pantries and soup kitchens statewide.

Mindful of last year's poor response, organizers this year are shying away from stating a goal of how much they hope to raise. The drive fell far short at its planned conclusion in March last year - about 20,000 pounds, or one-fifth of the goal, were collected.

The year before, when organizers mailed cards reminding residents to contribute, they gathered 440,000 pounds.

This year, Scouts with the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America will canvass neighborhoods to promote the drive.

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