MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Monday marked the start of the 2019 TV6 Canathon.
The TV6 Canathon began in 1982, with 700 lbs. of food being donated to local food pantries.
“This year marks the 37th year of the TV6 Canathon since its inception in 1982. We've collected approximately 3.86 million lbs. of food over that time frame,” said TV6 Marketing and Creative Services Manager, Scott Zerbel.
Last year, 116,000 lbs. of food was donated.
Part of what makes the event so successful, Zerbel said, are the partnerships that have been created to encourage donations across the Upper Peninsula.
These partnerships range from radio stations to over 75 schools.
“We promote everything that's U.P. wide, but we really rely on those partners in outlying communities to help make it as successful as it has been,” Zerbel added.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is one of the many pantries that benefit from the Canathon.
Saint Vincent de Paul’s Pantry Chairman and District President, Jacy Williams, said the Canathon has helped many families who come to their pantry for assistance.
"The back room is almost empty. After the Canathon we will be stacked up to the ceiling and that room will be about half full. That will carry us pretty close to the summer,” Wlliams said.
Williams added that generosity and donations is what keeps the pantry going.
"How grateful we are for the community’s support because without the communities support, we wouldn’t be here,” she said.
For more on the TV6 Canathon, including where to drop off donations, click here.