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Kalamazoo Speedway holds unique food drive for Christian Neighbors food pantry

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One food drive donor making their last turn on the racetrack with their Honda S2000. (WWMT/Gabriel Balderramas)

Meals are needed more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic prompting a Kalamazoo racetrack to help out in a unique way.

After receiving approval from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office, Kalamazoo Speedway held a food drive May 22, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for the Christian Neighbors food pantry. Food donors were offered three laps on the racetrack, no matter the condition of their vehicle.

All types of donors and vehicles lined up to happily give non-perishable foods. Each was required to sign a waiver in order to burn some rubber on the track.

From speedsters to family mini-vans, all participators raced around the track safely.

The Kalamazoo Speedway was happy to not only bring some out-of-the-house fun for people, but also help those in need.

“All the kids are home, people are out of work and with the gamut between unemployment, there’s lots of people that don’t know where their next meal is coming from. So this is vital to our community,” Jennifer Warning, a Kalamazoo Speedway worker, said.