More than a decade after its inception, Granville's Feed the Dream had another strong year in 2022.
The annual event held Monday, Jan. 17 collected 1.2 tons of food and more than $10,000 for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County, event founder and board member Alan Minton said. In the 11 year history of the event, Minton said it's the third highest total they've ever had.
Over the years, Minton said the food drive has becoming the activity that Granville students, local churches, Granville Kiwanis and other groups do each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
"It's really been very heartwarming and I think the most important thing about it is my wife and I really don't do much of this anymore. It's run by students," he said.
This year 138 volunteers and 15 groups participated in the event, Minton said.
Minton, who helped write the law to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday, said he and his wife Joleen, started the event to get their three daughters focused on the teachings of King, serving others and learning about the statistics of hunger in Licking County.
"This worked towards all three of those goals and now to see that it's just the thing you do, it makes you smile," Minton said.
This article originally appeared on Newark Advocate: Feed the Dream collects 1.2 tons of food, $10,000 for Food Pantry