You’re part of an organization called what?
Chicks Against Hunger.
How did you come up with an idea like that?
We’re the “Founding Fathers” of this group — Annmarie Nyikes, (48); Sherry Lunt, (48) and myself. We have a lot of fun and it’s for a good cause. We are an organization made up of females that wants to make a difference in our community. We had a meeting with the Second Harvest Food Bank. They noticed that there was an increased need in the Avon/Avon Lake area for food, but the donations weren’t where they needed to be. All our food goes to the Second Harvest Food Bank and then at their discretion it’s dispersed over the county. If someone’s in need of food they should contact Second Harvest.
How much food do you think you collected?
I think we’re close to 2 tons. Two tons is our goal. Last year we collected just over a ton of food.
So you doubled last year’s efforts?
Yes we did. The truck out there is pretty full right now. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
How many years have you been Chicks Against Hunger?
This is our second event.
Where does Second Harvest service?
Second Harvest services Lorain, Crawford, Erie and Huron counties. They send the food to different agencies like Community Resource Services in Avon Lake, Catholic Charities Kitchen in Lorain and others throughout those counties.
What’s the most unusual food you received?
It’s funny because we were interviewed by a DJ from WOBL and the DJ was joking, “Do you get a lot of beets?” — because he likes beets. We were so afraid that people would hear that and give bunches of cans of beets, but we haven’t seen too many. Someone tried to donate their own flour — it was a very interesting couple but we couldn’t accept it because it wasn’t in proper packaging where it could be distributed. That was very generous of them because they put a lot of time into it.
What are the most common items?
We get a lot of soups, beef stew, tuna fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables, cereal — those are some of the big, nutritional items that Second Harvest is looking for.
What do you do for hobbies?
I like reading, biking and hanging out with my friends — the Chicks!
Chronicle photographer Chuck Humel shines the spotlight on the people of Lorain County each week. Know someone worthy of 15 Minutes? E-mail email@example.com.