The annual Shred Day in Battle Creek, staged downtown by the W K Kellogg Foundation benefiting the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, netted fewer papers to shred than the year before.

Organizer Jim Craft tells 95.3 WBCK a similar number of vehicles lined up to participate, but brought fewer materials for shredding - and fewer donations for the Food Bank.

"Attendance was up 2.4% from last year; pounds of paper shredded was 45.7% lower than last year; pounds of food for the Food Bank was down 44.3% compared to last year, and lastly monetary giving for the Food Bank was down 43.7% from last year," organizers reported in a press release noting the 2017 results.

"Since this year’s event was the day before Easter and the weather was nice, it is possible that people decided to do other things this year," the release continued.

The area has also seen an increase in similar events, often sponsored by banking institutions. Another factor could be a simple decline in the amount of overall documents people have to shred. Once folks catch up on the amount of document shredding they have to do, it's possible they stay ahead of it going forward - which would be good news for efforts to battle identity theft.

In 2016, 84 vehicles drove up to Shred Day with documents to shred; in 2017, 86 vehicles were counted. However, shredded documents amounted to nearly 2700 fewer pounds than in 2016.

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