Radio stations sponsor "Long Haul Against Hunger" to benefit Akron Canton Regional Food Bank

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - A steady stream of people dropped by the annual "Long Haul Against Hunger," which took place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday in Cuyahoga Falls and North Canton.

Northeast Ohioans dropped off boxes and bags filled with food. Other drivers stopped briefly to give money to the campaign, which benefits the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank.

The goal was to fill a semi-truck to help folks in need.

"We want to stuff this trailer. We want to make sure that we are just cramming food in here at the end of the day," said Laura Bennett, the chief operating officer of the food bank.

KinderCare workers delivered roughly 50 boxes of food donated by the families of children.

"It was all about giving this season and the kids are really excited to be able to give back," said Amy Wise, the KinderCare center director in Cuyahoga Falls.

Mike Kinnaman also donated food. In addition, he gave $100 in the names of friends as a Christmas gift.

He was homeless for a few months after he got out of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1986, so he has a full appreciation for people in need.

"It makes you feel good (to donate) and makes me feel good to give a good Christmas gift also," Kinnaman said.

Radio stations WKDD 98.1 and My 101.7 partnered with the food bank for the drive, which is part of the Hunger-Free Families campaign.

Bennett said the goal was top $60,000 in donations, the amount that was raised last year.

"This year, we're going to distribute more food than ever before. It'll be our largest increase in pounds year over year," she said.

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