It's full steam ahead for a project bringing food to the needy. And part of its success is thanks to some help from a determined young girl.
The "food train" visited Greater Rockford Area Lutheran Schools, collecting canned goods.
Rockford Lutheran freshman, Emily Keating, helped organize the event by calling churches and schools across the area to help donate food. The canned goods are benefiting the Salvation Army.
With her help, the food train surpassed its goal of collecting 2,000 cans by about 1,000 cans.
"It feels good to help out the people that are less fortunate because they don't have anything and the community can help them," said Keating.
"It was great to see that one young freshman can make such a difference and that's what we want to do in this month. Encourage people to think about ways they can impact the world around them," said Don Gillingham, Rockford Lutheran Executive Director
Additional canned goods will be collected throughout the month by Lutheran Churches and at Salvation Army barrels in CherryVale Mall.
The labels from those cans will be used to create an American flag that will hang inside the mall.
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