It's time for the 2017 "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" community-led food drive, organized by teens at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church every year. The drive started May 13 and extends through July 31.
West Potomac graduating senior Will Shute and rising junior Khloe Krizek are the lead coordinators this year. Neighborhoods covered include Belle Haven to Mount Vernon.
"Our goal is to surpass the record-breaking 5,000+ pounds and $2,000+ that we collected last summer," says Will. "We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the many volunteers who have already joined in to be street coordinators and from everyone donating and helping to support families in need. We still need street volunteers and invite everyone to make a donation. Participating is a great activity for families, children, and teens!"
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"The primary objective for our drive is to stock up on food for families who are struggling and especially children, so they aren't hungry over the summer,” Will says. “Many students in our area depend on the free school lunch program. In summer, these children cannot count on that lunch, and they often go hungry. As neighbors to these families, we should try to help stock the food pantry with kid-friendly food."
Most-needed items include canned tuna and meats, rice, whole wheat pasta, low-sugar cereals, low-salt canned goods such as vegetables and sauces, energy bars, and other heart-healthy items. Financial donations are also welcome. "Financial donations can help feed even more people, thanks to UCM's partner agency discounts," explains Will. "It means UCM can purchase and provide fresh items, like eggs, at really low prices."
Financial donations can be accepted as a check or via credit card online. Checks can be made payable to UCM (include “Neighbors Food Drive” in memo line) and mailed to UCM or given to a drive volunteer. To donate by credit card at www.ucmagency.org, click on Donate Now and type “Neighbors Food Drive” in the comments field.
Please give generously and help spread the word. For questions or to volunteer to help with pickups, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone has a part to play "At The Heart of Community" with UCM -- thank you to Will, Khloe, Saint Luke's Church, all the street volunteers, and all our caring donors!
(UCM E-news, May 2017)