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Food drive to benefit Open Pantry

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A food drive was held in Springfield Friday to benefit the Open Pantry.

The event was organized by Cummins Northeast, which distributes diesel engines and emergency generators. The company partnered with Peter Pan Bus Company and Stop and Shop on Boston Road, to make the food drive happen.

One woman who donated food told 22News it’s important to take time to give back to the community. “It’s a very good cause and there are people that are a lot less fortunate than I am. So you do what you can. A little or a lot, it doesn’t matter,” said Carol Dalessio of Three Rivers.

“Traditionally their shelves are empty this time of year every year, so I think we’re going to make this an annual event,” said Kerri Wilbois, of Cummins Northeast.

Cummins Northeast holds several different fundraisers for Open Pantry each year. A representative told 22News Friday’s food drive filled all the storage units in the Peter Pan bus.

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