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Volunteer Will Cramer writes a message on a box as he starts the circuit of filling a box with food to be delivered to Church Community Services as part of Granger Community Church's annual Food Drop Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The Food Drop will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Ten-year-old Rebecca Ekema adds greetings and messages to a box as she starts the process at the Food Drop Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The volunteers were helping with Granger Community Church’s annual Food Drop. The event will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. The items collected at GCC will go to Church Community Services. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Volunteers at Granger Community Church make their way through a circuit that decorates, folds, fills and loads boxes of food on to a truck to be delivered to Church Community Services as part of the church’s annual Food Drop. The workers gathered Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Elkhart church on Bristol Street. The Food Drop will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Volunteer Sherry Schwartz of Bristol, center, talks to other volunteers as she passes out cans of chicken noodle soup Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Granger Community Church on Bristol Street in Elkhart. The volunteers were helping with the church’s annual Food Drop. The Food Drop will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Five-year-old volunteer Brennon Whickcar carefully lowers a box of food to the pavement as he works his way through the filling stations at the Food Drop Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The volunteers were helping with Granger Community Church’s annual Food Drop. The event will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. The items collected at GCC will go to Church Community Services. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Volunteers Courtney Barden, left, and her father Randy, right, write messages on boxes as they start the circuit of filling a box with food to be delivered to Church Community Services as part of Granger Community Church’s annual Food Drop Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The Food Drop will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Volunteer Steve Covey works in the middle position on the truck as volunteers pass boxes full of food to him Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The volunteers were helping with Granger Community Church’s annual Food Drop. The Food Drop will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. The items collected at GCC will go to help Church Community Services. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Volunteer Joe Stichter of Wakarusa, center, smiles as he works in the truck as volunteers pass boxes full of food to him Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The volunteers were helping with Granger Community Church’s annual Food Drop. The Food Drop will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. The items collected at GCC will go to help Church Community Services. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Volunteer Steve Covey, right, smiles as he works in the truck as volunteers pass boxes full of food to him Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The volunteers were helping with Granger Community Church’s annual Food Drop. The Food Drop will provide nearly 100,000 pounds of food to eight area food pantries. The items collected at GCC will go to help Church Community Services. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Volunteers deliver food boxes to Elkhart County food pantries (Video)
Posted on Jan. 26, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 26, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.

ELKHART — Around 200 volunteers converged on Granger Community Church today, Jan. 26, to fill hundreds of boxes with food for those in need.

The volunteers met at the Bristol Street church this morning, filled the boxes, then delivered them to Church Community Services in Elkhart. Volunteers also gathered at Waypoint Church west of Middlebury, filling boxes earmarked for the Middlebury Food Pantry.

Around 1,700 boxes were delivered to Church Community Services and the Middlebury Food Pantry, according to Granger Community Church. The Elkhart County effort was part of a broader campaign involving Granger Community Church and other churches. All told, nearly 8,000 boxes were delivered to eight food pantries around northern Indiana.

“It gives nutritional help, but it also gives hope for the next day and next week,” said Gene Troyer, pastor of the Elkhart campus of Granger Community Church. “This is what this is about — giving hope back to the community.”

The individual boxes, containing things such as pasta, canned goods and peanut butter, will be delivered by the recipient agencies to families in need.

Granger Community Church dubs the effort its Food Drop, and this year's installment marks its 12th year. Aside from providing nutritional sustenance, the aim is to show food recipients that someone cares, providing an emotional boost as well.

Troyer estimates that over the past 10 years of Food Drops, Granger Community Church has delivered around 1 million pounds of food. In years past, GCC volunteers have delivered food directly to families in need.