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Christ the Redeemer’s Knights of Columbus holding food drive for RIC-Rack food bank
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Local food bank RIC-Rack is asking for donations to help feed Dawson County families. - photo by Erica Schmidt

Throughout February, Christ the Redeemer’s Knights of Columbus is holding a food drive to benefit the RIC-Rack food bank in Dawsonville, and organizers say the effort has so far raised over 1,000 pounds of food and nearly $3,000.

Marv Englert, a member of the Knights of Columbus and organizer of the food drive, said his organization has been busy making deliveries.

“I’ve delivered about 600 pounds of food so far, and we have another 500 to deliver tomorrow,” Englert said. “And we’ve collected but not delivered almost $3,000 in checks. We collect it and then write one big check to them.” 

Englert said that the food is collected at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Dawsonville and that he has been going by the church to pick up donations and take them to RIC-Rack about three times a week. Englert said that’s so the food bank will have a steady income of donations throughout the month, rather than one large amount at the end of the month. 

“Sometimes people wait until the very end of their drive and then ask RIC-Rack to come pick it up, but I’ve just found it more convenient to keep a steady flow so then they don’t get overwhelmed with 3,000 or so pounds of food in one morning at the same time they’re trying to open the food pantry lobby,” Englert said.

While the Knights of Columbus at the church runs the food drive, Englert said it’s a true community effort, with support from the Chestatee community as well as Cub Scout Pack #233, which Englert leads. 

“The Knights of Columbus help out the cub scout troop with a little money every month, so they’re collecting for this food drive too,” Englert said. “And the Chestatee community is helping collect food too.” 

The drive will run through the entirety of the month, ending on Feb. 28.

“There are bins outside Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Dawsonville that are clearly marked that you can place your food items in,” Englert said. “And if you want to make a check out you can deliver it to the church office.” 

Food donations must be non-perishable, non-expired canned and dried foods. For monetary donations, checks should be made payable to “Knights of Columbus 15238” with “food drive” in the memo line. 

To make a donation,  visit Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church at 991 Kilough Church Road, Dawsonville, 30534.