WILLCOX — It was a warm Friday morning outside, but volunteers sweated it out for the Willcox Food Pantry.

Willcox Against Substance Abuse (WASA) and various other local organizations have worked diligently for the past month to orchestrate a community food drive for the pantry, which had recently requested the aid of the community for food donations.

Bowie students decorated collection boxes, and WASA summer students helped finish them.

“This has definitely been a collaborative effort,” said Jennifer Colby, a VISTA volunteer with WASA, “getting a lot of people who want to help and getting students who want to help. We’ve had high school students from Bowie and Willcox contribute to making these boxes.

“We have about 130 pounds of food and it’s only 12:30 p.m., and we’ll be here until 6 p.m. We’re aiming for 200 pounds. I’ve moved here within the past few months, and I’ve gotten to know a lot of the community. I love Willcox, and I love how much people care about each other here; and so when Candice and others had told me about the need that the food pantry has right now, I knew it was something I wanted to help with.”

The Willcox Food Pantry received roughly 1,500 pounds of food in total through the combined efforts of the community in this drive.

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