MLK CommUNITY starts food drive March 12

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KENNETT SQUARE — The MLK CommUNITY of Greater Kennett Square kicks off their food drive starting Monday, March 12th to Saturday, March 24th.

“We are excited to continue the vision to create a beloved community in the Greater Southern Chester County area that provides opportunities for the eradication of racism, hatred and poverty. The Community Food Drive is one initiative our Board has been coordinating for many years, says Carol Black, Board President.  “We are committed to honoring Dr. King’s legacy throughout the year, not just on one day.  We chose to host this food drive in March as a way to commemorate the March from Selma”, says Black.  The food drive benefits the Kennett Area Community Service (KACS’s Food Cupboard) as well as the Avon Grove Bridge Pantry, West Grove PA.

“Now more than ever is it incredibly important for our community to support a food drive,” says Melanie Weiler, KACS Executive Director.   “Our supply is low, we are anticipating cuts in funding, and so we need to prepare.  We can’t thank our community enough for their continued support and generosity”, says Weiler.

Food items that are in the most demand include but not limited to tuna, and peanut butter, rice, pasta, oatmeal, low sugar fruit, tomato sauce, fresh produce, and canned vegetables. We will also provide change collection jars to local businesses and community sites.

“We are asking churches, neighborhoods groups, businesses, service clubs, schools, scouts, sports teams, etc. to engage in a food drive during this time”, says Ginny Levy, Chair of the MLK Food Drive Committee. “Have fun, make it competitive. Have an in-law/out-law challenge. Host a food drive party at your home. Girl Scouts, challenge boy scouts for a top scout food drive event!  Ask your Lion’s Club to challenge the local Rotary Club.  Kennett, Avon Grove, and Unionville Alum groups could challenge each other to collect food OR you could collect money for the food cupboards if handling food items is too difficult to manage. Get creative, anything you can do to spark the interest and get collecting will benefit those who are most in need in our community,” said Levy.

Once items are collected, you can conveniently drop off your donations directly to the KACS Food Cupboard any day between Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please visit KACS website for location information at: www.kacsonline.net  Or to the Avon Grove Bridge Pantry, at 240 State Rd, West Grove PA on Tuesday from 9 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 8 pm or by calling 610-869-9500

 

Additional information such as materials you can use for your drives including printable flyers, posters, tips on conducting a food drive in your community as well as information about the organization and volunteer opportunities, may be found on the MLK Community of Greater Kennett Square’s website: www.mlkcommunity.org or email them at info@mlkcommunity.org.   And, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Mlkcommunity.

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