30K pounds of food to be distributed at 'Pantry of Plenty'

Arab American and Chaldean Council, Forgotten Harvest hold event twice per month

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DETROIT - The first Pantry of Plenty food distribution event of February will take place on Tuesday.

According to the Arab American and Chaldean Council, the food will be distributed at ACC Youth Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The center is located at 62 West Seven Mile Road.

The ACC holds the event in partnership with the Forgotten Harvest twice per month. During Pantry of Plenty, the ACC says it distributes nearly 30,000 pounds of food to area residents in need. 

Items include fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meat and juices. Each event services about 350 families, meaning nearly 1,000 individuals benefit from the program, organizers said.

According to ACC, more than 2,500 families have enrolled in the program since December 2011.

Each family receives about 60 pounds of prepared and perishable foods per event, organizers said. The food distribution is open to all in need with low or moderate income. ID is required.

The "Pantry of Plenty" program runs entirely on in-kind donations. The ACC relies on the support of the community and corporate volunteers, organizers said.

Bob Ghannam, special projects coordinator of ACC, and Kimberly Hassan, the program advocate, will be at the event Tuesday.

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