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Feed the People

Concert Nov. 9 will benefit South Side food pantry

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Canned Goods is one of three bands playing in the fourth annual Feed the People concert, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Merion Village.
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By ThisWeek Community News  • 

It might seem fitting that a group called Canned Goods is playing a benefit concert for a food pantry.

But Canned Goods, along with the headliner Aamazing Rakes and Throat Culture, will perform at the fourth annual Feed the People concert, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Merion Village.

Feed the People benefits the South Side Community Ministries food pantry, housed inside the church, 225 E. Gates St.

The concert is free and open to the public, but people will be asked to make a cash donation to the pantry, which gives a three-day supply of food to 1,000 people a month.

"We are open the last whole weekend of the month because that's when people are running out of money and food," said Linda Langhorst, a board member of the food pantry and volunteer.

Langhorst asks that concertgoers bring cash donations because the food pantry can stretch every dollar into $8 in purchasing power.

The food pantry is run exclusively by volunteers, so all the money raised goes directly for food, she said.

"It's really powerful what we bring" to the community, Langhorst said.

Unlike the previous three years, no chili will be served, Langhorst said.

However, light refreshments will be offered, she said.

Meanwhile, the show will feature a lot of folksy American music for people of all ages, said John Bolzenius, a singer in Throat Culture and owner of the Guitar House Workshop.

"We've really been surprised at how much we've raised," Bolzenius said.

"There's an energy to the show, which increases as we throw the collection hat around.

"A neat network of people come together to make it happen," he said.

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