Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 29, 2013

Kiwanis food drive now underway

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Noon Kiwanis Club is again partnering with Brookshire’s to bring a festive Christmas meal to families who need assistance this year.

Food Drive Chairman Kim Walker said the Athens Kiwanis will get the names of 150 families in need from the Help Center and supply them with food for the holiday.

“People, who go through Brookshire’s and buy groceries, can donate $5, and they will put a bag together,” Walker said.

The Kiwanis plan is to take the staples and Cornish game hens from Brookshire’s, and bolster it with other food items to augment the meal.

“My goal this year is to give them a traditional meal for Christmas, but also several other meals for the holidays,” Walker said.

Struggling families need extra help, especially if they have school-age children who’ll be at home over the holidays, Walker said.

“We’re specifically asking for peanut butter, tuna, stove-top stuffing mix and some kind of dessert like a box-cake mix or cheese cake,” Walker said.

The Food Pantry at Eastern Hills Church of Christ is also going to help by giving a discount on food items.

“But some things are expensive. We can’t afford to buy it,” Walker said.

The donated food staples should be nonperishable items. Donation boxes are located at the Athens Daily Review, First State Bank, Advance Dental Works, Heritage Land Bank and other locations. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Call Walker at 903-477-1706 to help.

Kiwanians will pick up the food boxes on Dec. 9.

“We’ll pick all of those up, combine it with what we get at Brookshire’s, then divide it,” Walker said. “We’ll see what we need to buy to even out the bags and get them their meals. Distribution day is Dec. 19.”

Brookshire Grocery Co. stores throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas are now in the 32nd year of conducting the Spirit of Texas Food Drive.  Donations collected in a community remain in that community to help needy families.