KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The community is mourning the loss of a man who helped feed the hungry in Kansas City for nearly 40 years.
Fr. Thomas Patrick Tobin, 86, founded Harvesters Community Food Network, which collects and donates food to food pantries around the metro. The organization gives out hundreds of thousands of meals every year.
"He started out by collecting food and having it in his garage, and then quickly that need became greater and he got more food and he didn't have anywhere to put it, and so he thought there needs to be some kind of warehouse system that can help food pantries and sort of be the go-between," Harvesters Director of Communications Sarah Biles said.
Fr. Tobin spent 60 years in the priesthood and occasionally worked closely with Mother Theresa.
Correction: This report says Tobin died at 85. His obituary reveals his age at 86.