MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The TV6 Canathon raised more than 155,000 lbs. of food this year for local food pantries, and Saturday some of that food got sorted.
The 4th nationally-ranked Division II Northern Michigan University Men's Swim and Dive team helped sort food at St. Vincent de Paul in Marquette as part of their community service requirement. Each season, each team member must complete 10 hours of community service to earn his Varsity letter.
"We think it's a really awesome thing that TV6 does and that St. Vincent de Paul does. It helps everybody in the local area and that's a lot of what our team does. We like to give back to the local community. We also do Make a Difference Day and we help with the Marquette Marathon, so we like to help locally as much as we can," says Nathan Rotundo, co-captain of the NMU Men's Swim and Dive team.
St. Vincent de Paul helps to feed qualifying families once a month, based on the federal poverty guidelines. This year, St. Vincent de Paul received almost 17,000 lbs. of food from the TV6 Canathon, about 3,000 more pounds than 2016. That donation will feed families well into spring, and St. Vincent De Paul says it's very needed.
"Well that's the only way we get food. I mean we do buy food, what we can, but there's no way we have the funds. We don't get donations to the extent that we could buy everything we need, so the Canathon is a huge, huge help for being able to provide food for the people that need it," says St. Vincent de Paul volunteer Jacy Williams.
If you would like to volunteer or learn more information about St. Vincent de Paul, you can visit its website at www.svdpup.org.