Holiday food drive successful, but need continues

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By The Staff


I would like to express my appreciation to the people of Carroll County who participated in the Christmas food basket distribution this year.

Whether they donated canned goods to the “Scouting For Food,” gave money or gift cards so we could buy perishable items, sorted and shelved donated items, or packed and distributed food baskets – it was a tremendous effort by this community to feed our hungry neighbors.

In all, we delivered more than 18,000 items of nonperishable food, and spent $4,336 for perishable foods including milk, margarine, bread, hot dogs and 3 pounds of hamburger for each basket. Sixty donated three-pound hams were given to larger families.

In all, 222 families in this county – 887 people total – received food for Christmas week through this program.

Please remember, hunger does not occur just during the holidays. Currently, an average of 14 families each week see food from the Carroll County Ministerial Association’s Community Food Pantry. Our food shelves were emptied during the holidays, and we are now using donations to buy more food.

Especially during these economic hard times, with layoffs and lost jobs, many families will need to rely on the food pantry.

Donations of nonperishable items of all types are still needed, particularly canned soup, tuna, beef stew, peanut butter and dried beans or rice.

Also, volunteers are needed throughout the week to help pack food baskets as  requested. We have six volunteers who are handling the demand. To help, please call Mary Kathryn Smith at (502) 732-4365) or call me at 732-6688.Thanks again for the tremendous effort for the needy of our county.

Ruth H. Baxter

Community Food Pantry