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Donations lag for food distribution

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Gazette Staff
November 27, 2007
— The annual, massive holiday food distribution organized by the UAW and General Motors is in trouble.

Organizer Marv Wopat said donations are about $6,000 short of the $19,000 needed with only three weeks before the distribution.


Wopat said he will try another collection among GM workers this week and hopes to pick up about $2,000.


The GM-UAW Employee Assistance Program food drive has been delivering food to needy families for more than 20 years.


It started with GM workers who took up a collection for a fellow worker and now targets needy people throughout the community.


The drive targets several hundred families with bags of groceries to help them have a joyful holiday season.


Dozens of volunteers assemble the groceries at the GM plant and deliver them. This year, distribution is set for Saturday, Dec. 15.


Wopat says the lack of donations could be happening for a variety of reasons.


“I think all organizations are struggling,” he said.


One factor specific to this effort is that GM workers aren’t working the Friday overtime day, which they had done for many years. That is a significant drop in disposable income that affects workers at GM and its local suppliers, Wopat said.


Donations may be sent to EAP Food Drive, General Motors, care of Marv Wopat, 1000 General Motors Drive, Janesville, WI 53546.



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