St. Andrews Episcopal Church members are asking their friends, neighbors and the Blount County community to support the Community Food Connection food drive Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, parish members will be handing out shopping lists at the Food City on Hall Road in Alcoa. Other parish members will pick up the donated food and deliver it to the Community Food Connection, at 311 Whitecrest Drive, Maryville. A third group will be on had at the food connection warehouse to sort the food items once they are delivered.
Windy Markham, St. Andrews Episcopal parish member co-coordinator, has been lining up volunteers for two weeks. The Community Food Connection served 1,073 people each month from April through July. Over the last 43 months, the number of people the Community Food Connection has helped has risen from 5,000 to 6,000 a month.
Many months, say Food Connection organizers, the group purchases $10,000 to $13,000 in groceries that are distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their facility.
St. Andrews Episcopal parish members will be asking for the community’s help to raise $15,000 in non-perishable food. The shopping list includes cereal, canned vegetables, mac and cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans, rice, canned meats and tuna. Donations for emergency food can be mailed to CFC, P.O. Box 786, Alcoa, TN 37701. CFC donations are tax-deductible.
For more than 20 years, the Community Food Connection has been an all volunteer organization. There are no salaried employees, cars or expense accounts, thus almost every dollar goes to helping Blount County people in need of food, says volunteer Larry Ladd. To volunteer, call Ladd at 865-984-6688.