Event organizer says there’s a good chance goal can be met this year


Generous helpings: Last year's 40,000 Pounds of Giving food drive was the biggest since the event began in 2006. Event founder Carl Denny said 21,000 pounds of food was collected in just four hours.

GREENFIELD — This could be the year – the year the 40,000 Pounds of Giving food drive finally reaches the goal for which the event was named.

“I think we actually have a chance of reaching our 40,000 pound goal this year,” said event founder Carl Denny.

The one-day collection of canned goods and other nonperishable food items is in its seventh year. During a four-hour stretch one Saturday each year, donations are stuffed into a 53-foot-long semi tractor trailer. Denny came up with the name for the campaign based on the amount of food that can legally be transported by such a trailer. Denny said he knew the goal was a lofty one when he started the event in 2006, but he set a high goal “because there is high demand.”

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