MSP to host 'Stuff a Blue Goose' food drive

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WEST BRANCH — In an effort to support local pantries, the Michigan State Police will be collecting nonperishable food items at four locations Friday, April 5, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be at least one patrol car at the West Branch Family Fare, SaveA-Lot, Aldi and Walmart, Community Service Tpr. Shane Noble said. The idea is to fill the cars as much as possible, hence the name Stuff a Blue Goose, he said. “We’re going to stuff the cars first,” Noble said. “And if we run out of space, which will be a good thing, we’ll probably have boxes.” A trailer will pick up items at the end of the event. He said now seemed like a good time to get this going.

“It’s springtime,” Noble said. “People might have had a hard time and might be short on food supplies. As people are out shopping, they might feel they can help.” Jamie Mead, community resource coordinator at Ogemaw and Roscommon County’s Department of Health and Human Services, said the entities that will benefit from the drive include Side Door Pantry at Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church in West Branch, Trinity Episcopal Church in West Branch and St. Francis Food Pantry in Prescott. No expired food items can be collected, Mead added. Noble said this is the first time this food drive is being held in the county, but the MSP has partnered with Toys for Tots in the past during the holidays to collect toys, also stuffing patrol cars to benefit local kids.

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