For more than two decades Rock 102’s Mike Baxendale and John O’Brien have been hosting their annual Mayflower Marathon to benefit the Open Pantry of Springfield. And this year it was another success.
In just 52 hours the annual event raised more than $94,000, also meeting a goal of filling three big rig trailers with non-perishable food items.
The food in these trucks will not only help to feed people during the holidays but also for months to come.
Bax told 22News the food they collected will feed those in need until March, and took a break from their 52-hour live broadcast at the Basketball Hall of Fame to explain why this event is so meaningful.
“We have had people come every single year since I started doing this back in 1995, and they come with their kids when they’re small, now they’re adults they’re bringing their kids,” said Mike Baxendale.”It’s just a full community event.”
West Springfield High School students were among those giving back.
“We should all be helping out to everyone else that can’t help themselves,” said West Springfield High School student Parikh. “It’s pretty good that we have a program called Pathways to Prosperity in our school which allows us to do this.”
On average more than 140 families use the pantry each day. Last year more than 935,000 pounds of food was distributed.