Hamilton Public Works collects 2.7 tons of food

The city’s Public Works Department collected an estimated 2.7 tons of food from citizens for the Serve City food pantry to celebrate National Public Works Week.

In its first food-collection effort of the type, the department had the goal of filling its largest dump truck with food for the social-service agency that is located at 622 East Ave. in the city.

The dump truck was stationed last week at Kroger stores on both the city’s east and west sides, as part of the “Fill a Public Works Truck” food drive.

Public Works Director Jim Williams said the 2.7 tons of food was estimated with food still arriving. In addition to the truck being at the Kroger stores, the city established collection spots at the city government building on High Street and elsewhere.

“I want extend my heartfelt gratitude to all citizens, businesses, organizations, and city of Hamilton employees, that supported this Fill a Public Works Truck with Food drive campaign,” Williams said.

When Linda Kimble, executive director at Serve City, heard about the department’s idea, “I was excited, and just wanted to know how we could help,” she said. “I think it’s a good gesture to make for the community, just to show them that the city is trying to support them in just their everyday lives.”

“It’s wonderful the public works employees are helping this way, Kimble said.

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