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Three local nonprofits to collaborate on event to help the hungry

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 12:01 am

Three local nonprofit, social-service organizations will join efforts from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 for “Stand Up For Hunger,” an event to promote community awareness about hunger and to raise money to help the hungry in Allen County.

The event will take place at Trolley Steaks and Seafood, 2898 E. Dupont Road, a news release said. It is organized by Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County, The Franciscan Center and Miss Virginia's Mission House.

“As a group, we wanted to provide the community a refreshing opportunity to come to the aid of the hungry in Allen County,” said Roger Reece, executive pastor of Associated Churches, said in the news release. “All three of our organizations are seeing increased numbers of those seeking help, and we know that the people of Fort Wayne will respond generously when given the chance. We all take seriously God's call to feed the hungry, and we are looking forward to offering the community the chance to join us in our efforts.”

Associated Churches' neighborhood food bank network served 1.3 million meals to 90,000 individuals in 2011, and it has seen 11 percent increase in the number of individuals served this year, including a 26 percent increase among seniors, the news release said. The Franciscan Center serves about 72,000 people annually with an average of 450 people per week. Miss Virginia's Mission House serves about 34,000 individuals and more than 112,850 family members each year.

The Stand Up For Hunger event will include entertainment by Joe Justice Live, networking opportunities, small entrees, wine tasting and a custom golf cart raffle. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling 422-3528 or at www.AssociatedChurches.org.

Event sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Steve Staley at 422-3528, Ext. 103.