Forest service, DNR raise 2,500 pounds of food for pantries
BALDWIN — Hungry families were remembered this holiday season. In a friendly competition between the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger Station and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources based in Ludington, more than 2,500 pounds of food were collected.
A small bathroom scale weighed boxes of food last Wednesday morning. The 750 pounds collected by the ranger station will benefit Bread of Life food pantry in Baldwin, while the 1,792 pounds collected by the DNR will go to the Ludington Food Club.
District Forest Ranger Jake Lubera said the food donations at the ranger station were way up from last year, when 170 pounds of food were collected.
Jim Gallie, park manager for the Ludington DNR office, also was happy with participation in the food drive.
“We contacted the Ludington Food Club a few days ago to let them know a big donation was coming in, so hopefully they’ll be ready,” he said.
As part of the competitive fun, the defeated team must face a chilling challenge. Lubera will dunk himself in the Pere Marquette River three times in January.
“When I get dunked in the river, I’ll be dressed as Aqua Man,” Lubera said. “We have a costume designer on staff who does an amazing job.”