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CANTON, Mass. -- Cumberland Farms partnered with Massachusetts 4-H to mobilize a food drive that will benefit food pantries across the Bay State, according to a report in the Boston Globe.
Starting Monday and running through Nov.15, people can drop off all non-perishable food at any of the 190 Cumberland Farms stores in the state as 4-H members aim to collect 12,000 pounds of food, the newspaper reported.
Citing statistics from Project Bread, Cumberland Farms noted in a press release one in three Massachusetts children lives in a family that struggles to put food on the table—"a figure that is unfortunately only worsening in the current troubled economy," the report stated.
"Too many people in Massachusetts don't have enough to eat," Cumberland Farms chairman Lily Bentas said in a statement. "We are pleased to partner with 4-H in this food drive, easing the burden of families in need."
The 4-H will retrieve the donations from the Cumberland Farms stores, delivering the food to local food banks in each county, according to the company.