April 24, 2021
By Tom Tolen / [email protected]
The Livingston County Realtors Association‘s 19th Annual Food and Fundraiser is scheduled for next Saturday, May 1, to help those who need help meeting their families’ food needs. The event will take place at 19 real estate agencies in Livingston County and donations will go to the Gleaners Community Food Party, who will then distribute them to local pantries.
Event chairperson Sherri Garron of Buckley Jolley’s real estate team emphasizes that 100% of donations will remain in Livingston County to help local residents during this stressful time caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Overall,” Garron says, “the need has been greater (this year) because of COVID, and in 2020 the need and amount of distribution has increased by about 30% in Livingston County. ”
Last year the event was virtual for the first time, and this year it will largely be virtual again, due to the COVID pandemic, except that non-perishable food and cash will be collected this year. year, unlike last year, when no food items could be donated due to COVID. Although over 100 Association of Realtors volunteer members will not be in stores, they will be in local real estate offices to accept monetary donations and non-perishable food items. While food items are always welcome, Garron says they are able to get “more for their money” with cash donations. According to the Gleaner’s website, a donation of $ 1 is enough to provide one person with three balanced meals.
Garron says they hope to collect a lot of non-perishable food items but don’t have a specific weight goal. Last year $ 23,840 in cash contributions was raised, and the last time food was collected in 2019 some 1,552 pounds of food was donated along with $ 25,450 in cash.
The sponsors have already made $ 10,000 upfront in monetary donations and, according to Garron, hope to match that amount on the day of the event. Garron hopes this will be accomplished on collection day at the various collection sites and at a real estate event the following week. The food and fundraiser will take place between 9:30 a.m. and noon on May 1, and non-perishable food and canned goods, as well as cash and check donations payable to gleaners, will be accepted at real estate agents. local. offices that make up the collection sites. Donations will still be accepted after May 1, and many realtors hold internal contests to raise extra dollars.
The funds and food will be distributed and distributed by Gleaners among a network of 10 partner agencies in the county such as Bountiful Harvest, Sunrise Pantry, Farley Hill Pantry, the Family Impact Center and the Gleaners Community Shared Harvest Pantry on Sterling Drive. off Dorr Road, in the canton of Genoa.
Those who wish to donate virtually can do so at gleanersfooddrive.org/event/lcar/.