Food drive restocks pantries

Requests for help continue to grow, charity’s director says

Volunteers from the Jefferson City High School football team and the Samaritan Center help unload trucks and sort food collected Saturday during the annual Mail Carriers Food Drive at the Jefferson Street Postal Facility.

Volunteers from the Jefferson City High School football team and the Samaritan Center help unload trucks and sort food collected Saturday during the annual Mail Carriers Food Drive at the Jefferson Street Postal Facility. Photo by Deborah Cote.

The food gathered Saturday during the annual Food Carriers Food Drive will help restock empty shelves at the Samaritan Center and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, along with various other local food banks that will benefit from the drive.

But Marylyn DeFeo, volunteer executive director for the Samaritan Center, said the drive will unfortunately not help them out for too long.

“We are really hard pressed to keep enough food on the shelves that will establish meals for a family,” she said. “All of the food from the March Boy Scouts food drive is gone, and this drive will not get us a huge volume of food.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Samaritan Center from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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