Two Gahanna Lincoln High School groups will collect food during the next two weeks to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Gahanna Residents In Need (GRIN).

Two Gahanna Lincoln High School groups will collect food during the next two weeks to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Gahanna Residents In Need (GRIN).

The Gahanna Lincoln National Honor Society (NHS), a service-based organization, will continue its tradition of collecting nonperishable items for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Paige Alexander, NHS adviser, said students would collect cans from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in neighborhoods surrounding Gahanna Middle School East, 730 Clotts Road.

According to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the need is up by 14 percent.

Foods currently needed include canned fruits and vegetables, dry beans, pasta, rice and special holiday items such as Jell-O, gravy mix and pie filling.

In addition to the National Honor Society food collection, donations will be accepted during a food drive-through, sponsored by Gahanna Lincoln High School government students, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 13, at the LHS athletics field entrance on Havens Corners Road.

Gahanna Lincoln government teacher Jerry Englehart said a student advisory group of about 10 senior government students is leading the effort to collect canned goods for a service project called "Gahanna Feeding Gahanna."

All donations will be directed to GRIN, with distribution of the food to Gahanna families during the holidays.

"The need here is unbelievable," Englehart said. "We wanted to do something for Gahanna. This is our rookie year, and I don't know how it will go. It will be all about getting the word out."

Melvin Miller, GRIN director, said about 150 families were assisted last year, and he expects that number to increase to 165 this year.

"We rely on donations from residents, business and churches in Gahanna and groups like the senior class of Lincoln High School," he said. "Right now the food pantry is at its lowest it has been in a long time so any donation is needed. One of the things we can always use is meat protein like salmon, tuna and canned chicken."

Gahanna Residents In Need, a community-wide, faith-based organization, was founded in 1998, Miller said. It's committed to helping residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need through its food pantry, Thanksgiving meals, Christmas family adoption program, clothing program and utility and housing financial aid, among others.

Anyone needing assistance should contact HandsOn Central Ohio (FIRSTLINK) at 221-2255 first and then contact GRIN at 471-4491, ext.61, or e-mail grin_gahanna@yahoo.com.

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