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Canned food drive at Du Quoin State Fair

DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) -

When you think about the fair many of us think about the food and fun.

But there are thousands of families in southern Illinois who can't even think about food because they don't have enough to even feed themselves.

A group called Neighbor Helping Neighbors in southern Illinois is trying to help those families.

"It's just something I learned as a kid growing up," said Carol Clark-Kutscher with Neighbors Helping Neighbors. "I think we need to get back to that. There are a lot of people in a great need here. And I think we've forgotten that. We've forgotten our neighbor. We're too focused on the technology. We won't look each other in the eye. We'd rather text. And kids need to learn they have to help each other to survive. We have to do that as a group."

If you can't bring a can or package of food with you to the fair, the group is selling t-shirts and raffling off a Polaris 4-wheeler with all the proceeds going toward buying more food to help out neighbors in southern Illinois.

This is the first year for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors at the Du Quoin State Fair.

They're planning on stocking 50 food pantries across southern Illinois.

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