2014 Play at the Park in Forsyth County

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2014 Play at the Park in Forsyth County

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation will host the annual Play at the Park Family Fun Festival.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Noon to 5pm
at Fowler Park

The event will feature a variety of family-friendly entertainment and activities – all with free admission!

Event Highlights:

  • Community Vendors
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kid’s Play Area
  • Humane Society Activities
  • Food Vendors
  • And More!

All brought to you by Forsyth County Parks & Recreation.

Event Location:

Fowler Park is located at 4110 Carolene Way.
To receive additional information, call 770.886.4088770.886.4088.

Warbington Farms: Open for 2014 Fall Pumpkin Season

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Warbington Farms 2014 Fall Pumpkin Season

On Saturday, September 27th, 2014  Warbington Farms will open for the Fall & Pumpkin Season.

Fall activities include:

  • “Hey” rides
  • Inflatables
  • Petting zoo
  • Roller Slides, Pedal Carts, Tire Yard
  • And much more!

Activity Fees:

  • No Cost for Pumpkin Patch Entrance (pumpkin prices vary)
  • Farm Fun Park –
    Weekends – $8 Per Child (2 to 12) – $5 Per Person (older)
    *Pricing, Dates & Time may change – follow Warbington on Facebook for updates

Fall Hours From September 27th through November 1st:

Closed to Public:  Monday – Thursday
Friday:  1pm-6pm
Saturday:  11am – 6pm  (portions of park close at 5pm on Saturday)
Sunday:  1pm-6pm
*Closed October 31st*

Visit the Warbington Farm Activity Page for More Information.

New for 2014:

Two “Haunted Trail Nights”
October 3rd & October 17th
Click here for more information

More Information

Warbington Farms
5555 Crow Road
Cumming, GA

770.380.2920770.380.2920
Warbington Farms Online
Warbington Farms on Facebook

Kinsey Family Farm: 2014 Fall Pumpkin Season

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Kinsey Family Farm:  2014 Fall Pumpkin Season

Fall in Forsyth County means it’s time to make a stop at Kinsey Family Farm!  This year’s opening is Saturday, September 20th!

Make a morning or an afternoon out of the fun on the farm – not only can you pick out the perfect pumpkin, but you can also enjoy a hayride, feed the catfish or farm animals, shop in the Fall Harvest Shop, and definitely get some great “pumpkin” photos with the family!

You’ll find all sorts of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes!  Kinsey Farm has delicious “pie” pumpkins and gourds too.

Fall activities include:

  • Hay Rides:  $3 per person (children 2 & under are free).  Hours vary.  Check their fall activity page for information.
  • Barn Animals & Fish Feeding:  These are HUGE and my kids have always loved feeding them in the past!  You’ll also find an animal pavilion to feed the farm animals as well.
  • Picnic Area:  There is no charge to use this area, so bring your own lunch or purchase some snacks and drinks in the concession area and enjoy a meal or snack on the farm! They have delicious boiled peanuts!

And don’t forget to stop in the Fall Harvest Shop before you leave.  You will find apples, honey, salsa,  jams, preserves, fall decor & more!

Fall Hours From September 21st – October 31st:

Monday – Friday:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday:  9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Visit the Kinsey Family Farm Fall Activity Page for More Information.

More Information:

Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

770.887.6028770.887.6028
Kinsey Family Farm Online
Kinsey Family Farm on Facebook

Valentine’s 2014: Things to Do in Cumming GA Forsyth County

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Valentine’s 2014:  Things to Do in Cumming GA Forsyth County

There are lots of fun Valentine-themed things to do in Cumming GA & Forsyth County.  And some great store and restaurant specials too.  Keep an eye out because we’ll definitely add more as businesses update us. We also have listed out some gift ideas as well.

If you know of something we’ve missed or if your business has something to offer, please Contact Us with the information so we can add & share it.

For a full listing of weekend and weekday events in Cumming, GA & Forsyth County, visit our Calendar of Events.

Fun for the Kids – Listed in Date Order:

All of February
“Valentine’s” Hair, Make-Up & Nails, and more in the spa or makeover packges
Sweet & Sassy at Forsyth Avenue
7pm
$25-35/child depending on packages
Pre-Register for Events
Click here for more information

Saturday – February 8th – Storytime
“Love Monster”
Barnes & Noble at the Avenue Forsyth
11:00am
No charge
Click here for more information

Saturday – February 8th – Valentine’s Parents Night Out
Let the kids enjoy Face Painting, Dance, Crafts & Pizza while you enjoy a night out!
Sawnee School of Ballet
Open to boys & girls, ages 3 and up (do not have to be a SSB student)
6pm to 10pm
$25/ child or $40 / sibling set
Click here for more information – SSB Parents Night Out

Saturday – February 8th – Build & Grow Clinic
Build a “Love Note Holder”
Lowe’s – Market Place Blvd.
10:00am (while supplies last)
No charge
Click here for more information

Wednesday – February 12th – Family Craft Time
Create a “Love Bug Card”
Michael’s – Market Place Blvd.
10:00am – 12Noon (while supplies last)
Click here for more information

Wednesday – February 12th – Family Craft Time
Create a “Valentine’s day Frame”
Michael’s – Market Place Blvd.
5pm-7pm (while supplies last)
Click here for more information

Friday – February 14th – “The Case of the Missing Valentine”
2pm-3:30pm
Cumming Library
Click here to register

Friday – February 14th – Battle of the Hearts
Pro-Valentine’s Event
Hampton Park Library
2:30-3:30pm
Pre-Register for Event
Click here for more information

Friday – February 14th – Kid’s Night Out
“Owl Always Love You”
Glazed & Fired
6pm
$25/Child
Pre-Register for Event
Click here for more information

Friday – February 14th – Kids Night Out
Ages 6 and up
Artistic Adventure – 1581 James Burgess Road Suwanee 30024
7pm-9pm
Registration is required – $25/child
Click here for more information

Saturday – February 15th – The Great Valentine 5k
7:30am-10:30am
Forsyth Conference Center – 7745 Majors Road, Cumming
Click here to register

Saturday – February 15th – Senior Citizen’s Valentine Dance
6:30pm-9:30pm
Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, Cumming
For more information or to make a reservation, call Senior Services at 770.781.2178770.781.2178
*** For more ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Children, click here for a past guest post by local mom, Rachael.

Special Cumming Local Event:

GNO Love is Patient

Don’t miss our February Girl’s Night Out Event with Glazed & Fired.
We’ll be painting a beautiful heart picture – perfect to hang out during the month of February, during your Anniversary Month, maybe in a child’s room or change the colors to match your decor and hang up all year through! This event is being held on Thursday, February 13th from 7pm-9pm.

Click here for more information. Please Note – This event is SOLD OUT! But Glazed & Fired hosts these monthly for us, stay tuned for details on the next one!

Retail & Store Specials:

Saturia Nails
Get your Valentine’s Date Night Manicure & Pedicure with Saturia Nails
5067 Post Road, Cumming GA 30040
Phone:  770.292.9220770.292.9220

Skin Solutions Skincare Studio
Offering a Variety of Valentine-Themed Specials on Relaxing Services, including:
Mini Massage & Mini Cocoa Facial,
One Hour Massage & Cocoa Medi Facial,
Hot Stone Massages,
Half Day Spa Packages
210 Dahlonega Street, Cumming GA 30040
Phone:  770.886.6979770.886.6979
Click here for more information

KiddoTags – Save 20%
Use the coupon code SNOWDAY to save 20% off your order from this locally owned & operated online store based right out of Forsyth County!  NO Minimum Order. Expires 2/20/14.  Click here to order (affiliate link).

Restaurant Specials:

Dutch Monkey Doughnuts

Dutch Monkey Valentine Doughnuts

Dutch Monkey is now taking ore-orders for their double-stuffed Valentine hearts. They are sized to share (or not), filled twice with vanilla buttercream, dipped in dark chocolate ganache, personalized with a name or short phrase, and gift boxed, for $6 each. Order by private messaging Dutch Monkey Doughnuts on Facebook with your message and pickup time for 2/14. Click here to visit their Facebook page.

Jim ‘N Nicks

Jim 'N Nicks Valentine Menu
Address: 3130 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041 (At the Collection at Forsyth)
Phone:(678) 845-1565(678) 845-1565
Details: On Friday 2/14 and Saturday 2/15 Jim ‘N Nicks is offering a special deal for Valentines. Click here for all the details.

Marlow’s Tavern
Address: 410 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: (770) 886-3666(770) 886-3666
Details: They will have a $35 Valentine pre-fixe menu on Friday 2/14 and Saturday 2/15

Mia’s Pizza & Eats

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Address:  911 Market Place Blvd, Cumming GA 30041
Phone: (770) 887-8874(770) 887-8874
Details:  Special Valentine’s Menu (see photo).  Click here for more information.

Branchwater
Address: 5820 South Vickery Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (470) 253-7910(470) 253-7910
Details: Chef Todd will have some extra “specials” on Valentine’s Day week like champagne, caviar, and lots of nice things to try.You can make reservations on their Facebook page or Open Table

Rio Balsas Taqueria
Address: 1495 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming 30040
Phone: 678-456-8368678-456-8368
Details: Love Bird’s Special – 4 Texas Gran Marnier Margaritas, 1 Appetizer to share with the love of your life, 2 entrees of your choosing, And 1 dessert to sweeten up your night! Click here for more info.

Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub
Address: 415 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 200 Cumming 30040
Phone: 678-513-1113678-513-1113
Details: Order a heart shaped pizza! Click here to visit their Facebook page.

Sweet Monkey Frozen Yogurt and Cupcakes
Address: 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming 30041 (still waiting on this location to open, but other locations participating)
Phone: 678-482-0112678-482-0112
Details: Spend $5 and get a free chocolate covered strawberry! Click here to visit their Facebook page

The Foster House
Address:  305 West Main Street, Cumming GA 30040
Phone:  (770) 887-9905(770) 887-9905
Details:  Choose a 3-Course Meal for $34/ person – salad, entree & dessert!  Click here for more information and the special menu.

Yahoola Creek Grill (Dahlonega GA)

Address:  1810 S. Chestatee St. Dahlonega GA
Phone:  (706) 740-4300(706) 740-4300
Details:  Cupid’s Combo Dining – $70 per couple – includes appetizer, two entrees & homemade dessert.  Available 2/14 & 2/15.  Click here for more information.

We will continue to add to this list for you!

Some Gift Ideas:

  • Canvas People: 60% off all canvases + FREE shipping. Order by February 7th for Valentine’s Delivery! Click here to purchase

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  • Canvas People – FREE 8×10 or $40 off (just pay shipping) . Deal expires 1/31/14. Order by February 7th for Valentine’s Delivery! Click here to purchase

York Photo

 

  • York Photo – Valentine’s Poster $3 or Mug $2 (+ shipping). Plus all new users get 40 free prints! Deal Expires: February 14, 2014 MUST Use Codes: LOVEPOSTER (for poster) and LOVEMUG (for mug) Click here to purchase

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  •  Better Homes & Gardens Magazine – Get Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for as low as $.50 per issue! You’re sure to find ideas and tips more valuable than that in each copy. Makes a great holiday gift for a friend or relative! And when you subscribe, you’ll receive Better Homes and Gardens’ All-Time Favorites Cookbook ABSOLUTELY FREE! Click here to purchase
  • Parents Magazine – Get Parents Magazine for as low as $.33 per issue! You’re sure to find ideas and tips more valuable than that in each copy. Makes a great holiday gift for a friend or relative! And get a free Birthday Planner when you subscribe! Click here to purchase

Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links – meaning if you purchase the deal from the links provided Cumming Local will receive a small percentage of the sale. Cumming Local is thankful for all our sponsors and affiliates as it allows us to keep this site up to date & active!

Feed Forsyth had a Busy Year in 2013

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Feed the Hungry Forsyth delivered a total of 84,761 lbs of food to 18 community food ministries in 2013 including: Abba House, ACT Together Ministries, Bald Ridge Lodge, City on a Hill Church, Cumming First UMC, Cumming Home Ministries, First Christian Church, Freedom Tabernacle, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Hightower Baptist Association Food Bank, John 6:35 Food Pantry (Greater Heights Baptist Church), Hope House, Jesse’s House, Meals by Grace, MSG Foundation, No Longer Bound, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry (St. Brendan’s The Navigator), and The Place of Forsyth. Additionally, Feed Forsyth partnered with community businesses holding several food drives during the year collecting 21,926 lbs of canned goods.

Community food pantries are seeing an increase in the number of families seeking assistance due to the decrease in federal assistance. At the same time, there has been a decrease in the supply of food the pantries are receiving from other sources. Feed Forsyth sees this situation as a call to action to fill the gap and is seeking to partner with additional restaurants and grocery stores that have been throwing away safe edible food at the end of their business day and take that food and put it back in the food supply for struggling families in Forsyth County. The organization is actively raising funds to purchase a second refrigerated truck to increase the amount of food it can move each week. Plans are being made to hold additional food drives to help provide for the Summer Bags of Love ministry operated by several of the pantries.

Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit food rescue organization collecting bread, meats, and other foods that restaurants and other businesses would normally throw away and delivering to food pantries that provide food to the hungry in our community.

Click here for more information on Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.

Christmas Eve Services in Forsyth County

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Christmas is a celebration that Jesus was born. Many of the churches are having Christmas Eve services in Forsyth County. If you don’t have a church home, but are looking for a place to celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, I hope this round-up of information will help!  If your church has a special Christmas or Christmas Eve service & you’d like to have it added to the list, please feel free to share it with us & we’d be happy to share it with our readers.

Baptist

Cumming Baptist Church
115 Church Street, 30040
Phone: 770.205.6699

December 14th & 15th at 7:30 – The Light of Christmas Musical

Christmas Eve Services to be announced soon!

First Baptist Cumming
1597 Sawnee Drive, 30040
Phone: 770.887.2428

December 24th – 3:30pm, 5pm, & 6:30pm: Christmas Eve Services

First Redeemer Church
2100 Peachtree Pkwy, 30041
Phone: 678.513.9400

December 24th – 3pm & 5pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight & Lord’s Supper Service

North Lanier Baptist Church
829 Atlanta Hwy, 30040
Phone: 770.781.5433

December 24th – 5pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 

Catholic

Church of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church
3740 Holtzclaw Road, 30041
Phone: 770.887.9861

December 24th – 4pm, 6:30pm & 12Midnight: Christmas Eve Masses  (9pm Hispanic)
December 25th – 10am & 12Noon:  Christmas Day Masses

Community / Non-Denominational

Browns Bridge Community Church
3860 Browns Bridge Road, 30041
Phone: 678.965.8000

Special Christmas Night of Worship on Thursday, December 19th and Friday, December 20th – 7:30pm

Christmas Services on Sunday, December 22 – 9AM, 11AM, or 6PM

Highlands Church
433 Canton Road, Bldg. 400, 30040
Phone: 404.895.5637

December 24th – 5pm: Christmas Eve Service

Mountain Lake Church
3105 Dahlonega Hwy, 30040
Phone: 770.888.2513

December 24th – 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30: Christmas Eve Services

Episcopal

Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
724 Pilgrim Mill Road, 30040
Phone:  770.887.8190

December 24th – 5pm & 8:30pm:  Christmas Eve Services
December 25th – 10am:  Christmas Day Services

Lutheran

Living Faith Lutheran Church
103 Buford Dam Road, 30040
Phone: 770.887.0184

December 24th – 7pm: Children’s Christmas Eve Service
December 24th – 10:30pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 25th – 10:15am: The Nativity of our Lord with Holy Communion

Christ the King Lutheran Church
1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Rd., 30040
Phone: 770.889.5328

December 24th – 6pm – Christmas Eve Family Service
December 24th – 8pm & 10pm:  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Presbyterian

Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian
7620 Lanier Drive, 30041
Phone: 770.887.6801

Christmas Eve Services to be announced soon!

Parkway Presbyterian Church
5830 Bethelview Road, 30040
Phone: 770.889.8694

December 24th – 5pm & 7:30pm: Christmas Eve Service

United Methodist

Cumming First United Methodist Church
770 Canton Hwy, 30040
Phone: 770.887.2900

Creekside United Methodist

673 Peachtree Pkwy, 30041
Phone: 770.888.8449

December 24th – 11am (Family Communion Service), 4pm, 6pm:  Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service

Bethelview United Methodist

4525 Bethelview Road, 30040
Phone:  770.289.7190

December 24th – 6pm:  Christmas Eve Service

This information is and links provided is believed to be correct and accurate at time of listing. As always, it is recommended that you call or confirm prior to driving to a location – definitely wouldn’t want you mad at us on Christmas Eve!!

If we missed your favorite place of worship, please let us know so it may be added!

Christmas Light Shows in Forsyth County

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Christmas Light Shows in Forsyth County & Cumming GA

Stay close to home and make some great memories with some Residential Christmas Light Shows in Forsyth County!  These local, shows won’t break the bank AND they’re for great causes as well!  As with all events listed on our website, these are subject to change especially due to weather.  We encourage you to follow the event on Facebook or the website provided, if applicable, for most recent & accurate information.

Christmas in Cumming:

Location:  4730 Bryn Ridge Court, Cumming GA 30028
Date:  Show runs nightly – December 1st through Christmas Night
Time:  Monday – Thursday, 5:30pm to 9pm
Friday – Sunday, 5:30pm to 10pm
Details:  Synchronized light show set to music.  FREE event; however, all donations benefit a local charity.

*Note:    2013 Update – There will be no parking allowed this year.  The show will be drive through only.   Click here to read about a 2011 “Trip to Christmas in Cumming” and note this year’s experience will differ without parking.

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Blink Midwinter:

Location: 7020 Cole Court, Cumming GA 30028
Date: 2013 scheduled to run Thanksgiving Night through January 1st.
Time: Sunday – Thursday:  Dark (usually 5:30)  to 10pm.
Friday – Saturday, 5:30pm til 11pm.
*Canine Assistants brings the dogs every Saturday night from 7-9pm

Details: Synchronized light show set to music. FREE event.  Donations are appreciated and 100% goes to Canine Assistants.

Christmas in Castille:

Location:  4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta GA 30004 (Forsyth County)
Date:  December 1st through January 1st
Time:  Sunday through Thursday, 6pm to 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 6pm to 10pm
Details:  Christmas in Castille is a free animated Christmas light display show synchronized to music.  Pull up and enjoy the spectacle of lights in stereo.

Like Christmas in Castille on Facebook
Visit Christmas in Castille Online

Ashebrooke Night of Lights:

Location: Ashebrooke Subdivisions – Bethelview Road (between Kelly Mill and Hwy 20)
Date: Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Time: 7pm
Details: Each year, the residents of Ashebrooke light up their streets and their homes with luminary bags & candles to put on a great display of lights in an effort to help raise money for a worthy cause.  This year’s beneficiary has been announced as “A Heart for Josiah“.

The community is invited to drive through the streets of Ashebrooke & enjoy the lights. There is no charge. However a bucket is set up for donations.

 

Very Important: 

As with all events listed on our website, these are subject to change especially due to weather.  We encourage you to follow the event on Facebook or the website provided, if applicable, for most recent & accurate information.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Feel free to leave a comment below to share with all of us!

Christmas at the Cumming Fairgrounds: Arts & Crafts Show

Christmas at the Cumming Fairgrounds

Christmas at the Cumming Fairgrounds

Arts & Crafts Show
Photos with Santa
Hay Rides

December (Friday) 13 & (Saturday) 14, 2013

 

Make sure you plan to attend the 16th Annual Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show, December 13th and 14th presented by BJ’s Membership Club.  The event will take place on Friday the 13th from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and on Saturday the 14th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  The show attracts over 7,500 people and will be held inside the heated Cumming Livestock Barn located on the City of Cumming Fairgrounds.  There will be over 100 festive booths in the show.  Admission is $1.00 with children 12 & under entering free.

While the Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show is taking place, there will be FREE photos with Santa on Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and on Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00 PM in the barn.  There will be a Christmas Light Show, Hayrides, roasting marshmallows, and caroling, on Friday evening from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for unique hand-made gift item for someone special.  Come and enjoy holiday cheer while shopping for hand woven sweet grass baskets, Christmas ornaments & wreaths, fudge & nuts, piggy banks, photography, paintings, clothing and more.  For more information on the Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show, please call JRM Managament at 770-423-1330 or www.jrmmanagement.com.

 

More Information:

What:  Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show presented by BJ’s Membership Club

When:  Friday; December 13 and Saturday; December 14

Times:  Friday; December 13; 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday; December 14, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: City of Cumming Fairgrounds
235 Castleberry Road
Cumming, GA 30040

 

Directions:     Take GA Hwy. 400 to Exit #15 (Bald Ridge Marina Road) go west, continue straight to the third traffic light and turn left, stay straight and the City of Cumming Fairgrounds will be a ¼ mile on the right.  The Arts & Crafts Show will be held in the large red barn.

 

Admission:  $1 Admission
Children 12 & under are admitted FREE

 

The Collection Forsyth Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa

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The Collection Forsyth Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa

Santa is coming to town!  With the recent change of ownership and name change at The Collection Forsyth, I’m so happy to see the Christmas tradition continues!!  The Collection Forsyth Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival will be held on Saturday, November 30th beginning at 3pm.

Event Details:

The brand new, 50 foot tree will be lit on Saturday, November 30th and that will officially kick off the Christmas Season at The Collection Forsyth.
Enjoy:
Complimentary Photos with Santa (bring your own camera)
And Carriage Rides
Every Saturday, December 7th – 21st from 1pm to 5pm

Turkey Trot for Feed the Hungry Forsyth

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Turkey Trot for Feed for Forsyth

Register for the Turkey Trot:

Click here to register and for more Information

More About Feed the Hungry Forsyth:

Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit food rescue organization collecting bread, meats, and other foods that restaurants and other businesses would normally throw away and delivering to food pantries that provide food to the hungry in our community.