Annual ‘Pack the Pantry’ event raises $8K for Manning Food Pantry

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Jim Karsten (left) and Pastor Bob Riggert (right) wish each other good luck before beginning the "Pack the Pantry" competition Oct. 22. This year's fundraiser raised $8,338.32 for the local food pantry.

During this year’s “Pack the Pantry” competition, teams were challenged with the obstacles of beating the clock and their competitors and giving back to as many local families as possible.

And like every year, even though only one team walks away with a victory — every team felt like a winner.

During the third-annual Manning Pack the Pantry event Oct. 22, 20 different teams competed against each other to spend five minutes filling their carts with items that cost as close as possible to their predetermined goal. Whatever team got closest to the goal won the game.

This year’s winner was team “Twin Transfer,” which brought in a total of $248.22. In total, the shoppers brought in $8,338.32 for the local food pantry, which will feed 175 households or 349 individuals, according a news release from the Manning Rotary Club.

On behalf of Manning’s C-3 organization (Christ + Community + Celebration) and the many clients who depend on the pantry, we cannot thank the Rotary Club and all those who participated in any way enough for being involved in such an impacting event,” said Mindi Boyle, a Manning Food Pantry volunteer. “The pantry shelves and freezer were looking pretty bare, so the timing of this incredible ‘food drive’ could not have been better. The amount of food brought in surpassed anything we could have imagined. We are truly blessed to live in such a caring and giving community.”

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