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Charity drive nets thousands of items for local food banks
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Young Professionals steering committee members Brandon Steinert, Candice Moeder and AJ Chrest pose for a picture with Barton County Food Bank representative Beverly Frizell and Hoisington Food Bank representatives Jan Morganstern and Connie Lueker. The Young Professionals group partnered with the Great Bend Rotary Club to collect thousands of nonperishable food and household supply items and cash donations last Saturday at Walmart. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

The third annual Charity Supply Drive held on Saturday, Jan. 24, was deemed a success. Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club teamed up to collect donations at the Walmart Supercenter in Great Bend.
The six-hour event allowed the two organizations to give back to the Barton County, Ellinwood and Hoisington food banks. Volunteers handed out lists of items to customers and received an overwhelming response from the community.
“Everything went fabulous,” said Candice Moeder, member of the YP steering committee. “We had several donations including money, gift cards, and supplies.”
All the food and supplies were boxed up on Monday and prepared for the three food banks to pick up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development office. In addition to the supplies, each food bank received a $70 cash donation.
Barton County Young Professionals group is a program of the Chamber, designed to foster business and social networking among young working individuals in the Barton County area.