More than ever before, area families are relying on food pantries for help.
Today, one local pantry is on the rebound.
It got a truckload of food, thanks to the Detroit Pistons.
1,200 boxes of food and personal care items arrived at St. Vincent de Paul in Marquette this morning.
The food is from the Detroit Pistons Care Telethon.
The team held it back in March to benefit the Feed the Children organization.
St. Vincent de Paul was one of 61 recipients the Pistons chose.
NMU’s football team even showed up to help unload all the boxes.
St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Laurie Schmit says it’s a tremendous gift and she’s grateful the Pistons organization considered them.
400 area families will be receiving a box of food, personal care products and Avon items.
That’s in addition to their weekly pantry items from St. Vinny’s.
The Pistons telethon earlier this year brought in $450,000.
300 Marquette families got boxes today, and the other 100 boxes will go to families in Gwinn Thursday.