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Food Gatherers for the Needy Thinking Really Big

October 28, 1986

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ It worked so well in Shreveport and Bossier City for the primary election that sponsors hope voters in four parishes will bring a half-million pounds of food for the needy to the polls on Tuesday.

The Ark-La-Tex Food Bank collected 30,000 pounds of food from voters Sept. 27 in those two cities, City Councilman Bill Bush said. ″It turned out so well we decided to expand it,″ said Bush, who organized the drive co- sponsored by Teamsters Local No. 568 and the Bossier City Lions Club.

This time, Food Bank Director Doyle Helton said Monday, officials hope to collect 400,000 to 500,000 pounds of food from more than 100,000 voters expected Tuesday in Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Webster parishes.

Secretary of State Jim Brown’s office also expressed an interest in conducting a statewide food drive in future elections, Helton said. ″I got a call from Secretary of State Brown’s office last Friday and they’re eager to do this statewide.″

Food banks in Texas and Oklahoma may also jump on the bandwagon, he said.

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