Coalition works to help local residents in need

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By Alice Du Pont

Overcast skies and a few light sprinkles Saturday only energized some members of the newly-formed Gadsden County Coalition for Change as they spent a big part of the day boxing and delivering non-perishable food items to organizations that feed Quincy's hungry. Most of the 20 members of the organization worked in the campaign of President Barack Obama and supported his ideas of community service.


"The president called for the country to use Jan. 19 as a day of service to the community. But a lot of the members of the organization went to the inauguration so we decided to put it off until Saturday," said Monica Smart.

Nearly 800 pounds of food was collected through schools, churches and private donations from people throughout the county. Ric Soskis said the recipients were selected based on personal information members had about the organizations and their track record of service. Food banks at Redeemed Inc., Christtown and First Presbyterian Church were the first three organization to receive food donations.

A caravan of cars and trucks delivered the food to organizations who will distribute the non-perishable foods to the hungry. Rice, beans and canned meats filled over 30 banana boxes.

Smart said other organizations will be helped in the future. The group plans to meet monthly and welcomes new members. To find out more or to become a member of the Coalition For Change, all Rick at 539-5338 or Smart at 510-4015.