Bob Botts, Executive Director of M.O.R.E.In an organization such as this, we use several measures for determining success and predicting future needs and changes. One way that M.O.R.E. keeps track of the amount of food coming and going is by weight. We attempt to weigh all food coming through our doors and also note who donated and when. We do this so that we may anticipate future levels based on our past experience. In 2011, we can note the following: the March Boy Scout Community Food Drive brought in 7,237 pounds (this year over 9,000 pounds); individuals dropped off 12,882 pounds; the federal government provided 26,759 pounds and we purchased 30,988 pounds from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Mobile Market Trucks provided 24,000 pounds. The months when we receive the largest food donations are January, March, November, and December. The least amount of donated food is in February. September and October are bolstered by produce from local gardens and farms. Also, the food box at Wisted’s brought in 5,580 pounds.

This is a reminder that the Fay’s Barbeque fundraiser for M.O.R.E. is set for Friday, July 13, at Marengo High School. Get your tickets from a board member for $12 or purchase at the door. You may purchase pork or chicken or combination dinners. Take outs are also provided. M.O.R.E. is also holding a raffle. This year there will be three prizes of $1,000. Raffle tickets are $20 each or three for $50. All proceeds will go to M.O.R.E. programs and operations. M.O.R.E. is located at 829 Greenlee Street in Marengo, and is open from 9a.m.- noon on Wednesdays, and from 4p.m.-6p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 815-568- 7950, or visit www.marengomorecenter.org

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