A Thanksgiving food drive by more than a dozen area churches collected tons of food for the Reno County Food Bank last week.
Two tons and counting, said Food Bank Director Penny Taapken.
“It went wonderfully,” Taapken said. “It was at 4,000-some pounds and there are still a few churches out.”
In all, 15 Hutchinson churches participated in the collection from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14.
It was the first year the churches collaborated on a community-wide drive before Thanksgiving.
Taapken hopes the collection will get the organization through winter and into spring.
“It will give us a tremendous boost,” she said. “We were really low on a lot of items. This will definitely help us be prepared until another drive in May.”
There’s still room at the facility, however, which is located in the Salvation Army Citadel on East Seventh.
Participants churches include Bethany Nazarene Church, 408 N. Kent Rd.; Center Amish Mennonite Church, 7611 Morgan Ave.; Community Church of the Brethren, 1600 N. Severance; Cross Point Church, 1410 E. 30th; Eastwood Church of Christ, 2500 N. Plum; Emanuel Lutheran Church, 140 E. 30th; First Church of the Nazarene, 4290 N. Monroe; First Mennonite Church, 52 Rambler Rd.; First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman; First United Methodist Church, 101 E. First Ave.; Grace Episcopal Church, 2 Hyde Park; New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 700 E. 25th; Park Place Christian Church, 2600 N. Adams; St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2631 Independence Rd.; and Trinity United Methodist Church, 1602 N. Main.