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"Canless" fundraiser survives thefts to top $20,000 goal -- by $15,000

CHAMPAIGN – Loose bills and spare change added up to $35,000 for Salt and Light's food pantry in the ministry's first Canless Food Drive.

Despite thefts from a half-dozen cans in early June, the monthlong fund drive still exceeded the $20,000 goal.

UI grad student protests dismissal of instructor of Catholicism

URBANA – A University of Illinois graduate student is protesting the dismissal of an adjunct professor from teaching classes on Catholicism.

E-mail that prompted complaint over UI religion class instructor

From: Kenneth J. Howell

Date: Tue, May 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Subject: Utilitarianism and Sexuality (for those in 447 FYI)

Dear Students:

Catholic academy moves forward in Danville with naming of board

DANVILLE – Christina Dietzen is sad that Holy Family School's upcoming school year, which gets under way this month, will be its last.

Salt and Light food distribution ends early after food runs out

CHAMPAIGN – Salt and Light Ministry had to close its doors early on Wednesday because it completely ran out of food.

Salt and Light Ministry Assistant Melany Jackson said the organization's food distribution program, which usually runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, shut down at 3:20 p.m.

Jackson said 400 families came in to collect food.

Plans take shape for merged Catholic academy in Danville

DANVILLE – Plans for the new Schlarman Academy that will combine the three Catholic schools in Danville are beginning to take shape, officials said Friday.

The local pastor board on Thursday approved 16 members for the academy's board of trustees. Their names will be announced once they formally accept their seats.

Pantry volunteers take time to learn Spanish while helping those in need

URBANA – "Te gustaria que le ayudara?" has replaced "Would you like me to help you?" at one area food pantry.

Two dozen volunteers at the pantry offered by Wesley United Methodist Church have taken a basic Spanish class to learn how to communicate with Hispanic clients.

Feeding a need, man organizes food aid for Haiti

Call it serendipity if you like, but Rick McNary prefers divine providence.

After a life-changing experience with a starving child in Nicaragua eight years ago, McNary, then a minister in Kansas, decided to devote his life to fighting world hunger.