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Fight Fraud – Shred Instead

Help yourself by reducing the chance of your personal information falling into the hands of a nefarious scammer or identification thief; and, at the same time, help your community by contributing to Black Forest Cares Food Pantry.The Black Forest AARP Chapter, the AARP Foundation/ElderWatch, the Black Forest Lutheran Church and the Mobile Record Shredders will team up June 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Black Forest Lutheran Church parking lot at 12455 Black Forest Road to provide the shredding and community service opportunity.The event will allow individuals to shred the equivalent of three copy-paper boxes of personal financial documents no longer needed. The documents will be shredded onsite by the professional shredding operator. No plastic bags or three-ring binders will be accepted. Your donation of cash or non-perishable food items for the Black Forest Cares Food Pantry would be appreciated.The Black Forest Cares Food Pantry was established in 1985. The primary pantry goal is to provide individuals or families with enough food to last a week. Initially, 170 people were served. The program hit a high of 2,402 people (752 families) in 2014, following the devastating Black Forest fire. In 2015, the program served 1,948 people (671 families). The Pantry greatly appreciates support from the community, especially since the food donated from the slash program has decreased significantly in recent months. Donít miss this opportunity to help yourself and your community! Coffee and pastries will be available to all those who participate.Last year, the shredding event in Black Forest served 419 individuals from 28 Postal ZIP codes. The yield was $696 in cash and 867 pounds of non-perishable food for the food pantry, plus over 10,000 pounds of shredded paper that was recycled. For more information, visit the free shredding page at or call Ray at 495-6767 or Stan at 596-6787.

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