This Friday marked the end of the last full week of the Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center’s annual food drive, which benefits the South Hall Food Pantry.
The center’s Can-a-Thon benefits a different food pantry every year, and this year they chose the South Hall Food Pantry due to its smaller size and greater need for donations, according to Senior Programs Coordinator Gloria Wilms.
Wilms said that the food drive is a positive way for the clients at the center to help out others in the community.
“It’s something I thought about several years ago,” Wilms said. “People always give to the center, so this is our way of giving back to the community.”
The center averages about 35 to 40 senior clients daily, and the donations for the food drive come from these clients.
“We make an announcement and tell them what to bring in,” Wilms said. “We don’t have a goal — just to fill up the box as many times as possible.”