Community works together to deliver cans to food pantries

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Box by box and can by can, the NMU Rugby Team filled thousands of pounds of nonperishable food into a Marq-Tran bus Wednesday morning as TV6 wrapped up their Canathon.

"It was worth it," said Cal Parrella, the NMU Rugby Team V.P. "It’s always nice to give back and help out the community that we all love so and it’s great representing our team."

The only thing their team was missing were their gloves, but despite the 19 degree weather, the students felt warm inside as they knew it was for a good cause.

"It makes you feel great, it’s nice helping out people," said Parrella.

But the NMU students weren’t the only one volunteering their time this morning. The Marq-Tran donated their bus to collect food from multiple stops, all to bring to the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.

"It fills up the pantries, it gives them something to shoot for at Christmas time because they do a lot of Christmas baskets, so there’s going to be a lot of happy people," said Mitch Lazeren, a Marq-Tran driver.

A lot is an understatement, as the pounds of food gathered today at Econofoods is part of their annual match program.

On November 25, every pound of food customers dropped off, Econo doubled it all towards the Canathon.

"Just from that one day, there was easily a couple thousands of pounds. Then add in all the other donations for the whole length of the Canathon, we did pretty well this year," said Zach Quinnell, the Econofoods store manager.

And it leaves volunteers feeling pretty well too, so much so, it’s no question if they will participate next year.

"Oh absolutely," said Lazeren.

"Oh of course, I’ll continue doing it as long as I’m around in Marquette," added Parrella.

Watch the annual TV6 Canathon one-hour Special Program Wednesday night at 7/6 CT for more details.

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