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Author Uses Books to Help Feed Hungry People in Southern Tier

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One local author is using book proceeds to help feed hungry people in the Southern Tier.

Tracy Maines is the author of "My Cottage Kitchen." Its her new cookbook she is selling and donating the proceeds to the Southern Tier Food Bank. Maines says she saw a growing need for food in the community and decided to take action. 

"I always say how grateful I am because I know that our community is economically struggling. But the generosity of the public, we really do as humans help each other. I think when you bring light to a problem, people really do want to help," said Tracy Maines. 

Maines says she's halfway to meeting her goal of $30,000. Once her goal is met it will help send out over 90,000 meals across the community. Tracy was invited by the State Theater in Deposit, N.Y. for this years annual Octoberfest. It was there that she started spreading awareness of hunger in the Southern Tier.

State Theater members took full advantage of Maines's recipes. Members like, Brigittee Pettersen, Vice President of the Board for State Theater in Deposit, created several of Maines's recipes to sell to festival goers. However, proceeds from the food went towards something different. Just outside of the old State Theater building is one of the oldest marquees in the area, and is need of a little sprucing up.

"It survived the snow that crashed our roof. It stood a fire years ago. The community here has built all this up, but the marquee needs a little finishing touches on it and that's what we're working on now," said Pettersen. 

Together, Tracy Maines and members of the State Theater grabbed attention from many people at this years Octoberfest. Pettersen says she hopes she can partner with Maines in future festivals.