Five University of Idaho Sigma Nu fraternity brothers went door-to-door collecting food Saturday morning in a neighborhood near Moscow Middle School in an effort to lessen hunger on the Palouse.

They were joined by about 35 other Sigma Nu brothers and hundreds of other volunteers who knocked on doors and rang doorbells Saturday morning in 13 towns in Whitman and Latah counties as part of the area’s largest single-day food drive – the 13th annual Palouse Cares Food Drive and Auctions.

Greg Meyer, a Palouse Cares board member, said the food drive brought in an estimated 28,000 to 30,000 pounds of food from around the Palouse, but the numbers and details still need to be finalized, including the results from smaller communities. Volunteers collected 40,000 pounds last year.

“We’re always hoping to get more food so obviously there’s a little disappointment that our numbers appear to be down this year,” Meyer said. “But we’re always encouraged and our spirits are lifted by the volunteers who show up.”

He said Moscow food collection numbers were up slightly from last year.

“Every year, we evaluate what happened and try to improve on it the next year and we’ll do that again this year,” Meyer said.

He said the nonprofit organization was appreciative of the volunteers’ efforts and the nice weather.