IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain Post of the Michigan State Police is doing its part to help feed Upper Peninsula residents in need.

The post participates in the Michigan Harvest Gathering Food Drive every year, but this year they decided to get the community involved.  Troopers were at Econo Foods in Iron Mountain Wednesday accepting non-perishable food items for local food pantries.

“It’s important for us to do the food drives this time of year because there’s a lot of extra expenses with heating bills, Christmas, and also with food, so we’re just trying to help out our community and people in need by getting some food for them so they have a happy holiday season,” F/Lt. Christine Grabowski said.

The post was at Angeli’s Market in Iron River Tuesday, and one of the post’s SUV’s was filled with donations by the end of the day.

Grabowski said the community so far has been very supportive of the cause.

“We just want to help the local food pantries fill up for the holiday season,” Grabowski said.  “We can work together with the community to make sure our food pantries are full. It was overwhelming to see the outpouring of generosity yesterday at Angeli’s.”

All food and money donated will stay in the county where it was collected.

The post will be collecting food through Friday:

  • October 23 from 12-3 p.m. CST at Angeli’s Market in Iron River
  • October 24 from 12-3 p.m. CST at Econo Foods in Iron Mountain.

Monetary donations are also accepted, and food can also be dropped off at the post.