Lights, camera, food drive

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival and the Island Food Pantry have teamed up to hold a food drive at the upcoming film festival this weekend, March 15 through 18.

“The film festival feeds our community stories that are good for your heart and mind. The Food Pantry feeds the bodies of our neighbors in need,” Thomas Bena, founder and president of the film festival, said in a press release for the food drive.

The Food Pantry was started in 1981, growing from a handful of volunteers to more than 70. Since 2017, the pantry has expanded its service from six months during the fall and winter to year-round.

The pantry has held food drives with many other Island institutions and organizations, such as the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the Vineyard Haven Post Office, and the Tisbury Police Department.

Anyone attending the film festival is encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to support the community. Donors can drop food items in large purple collection boxes placed in the Chilmark Community Center and the Chilmark School.