Some local clubs and individuals have a head start on the annual “To the Brim” food drive.
Members of the Glasgow Rotary Club are among those who have started donations despite the official kick off not being until Thursday.
The club has contributed to the food drive for several years, said Kyle Jones, club president.
By donating non-perishable food items, club members can skip a meeting without being penalized.
“Rotary has always required attendance as part of the membership of the club,” Jones said. “One of the things we’ve done in the past, and we are doing again this year, is the members who bring food get a free absence.”
The food drive benefits food pantries maintained by the Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County Inc. and the Salvation Army Service Unit in Glasgow and PathFinders Inc.’s food pantry in Cave City.
It was started four years ago as a result of the downturn in the economy.
Food collected during the drive will not last long.
“It will probably be completely gone by December,” said Sue Haynes, executive director of Community Relief, adding that is why people need to continue to donate food throughout the year and not just during the food drive. “This is not a seasonal type thing. It’s year round.”
Each year the number of people in need increases, she said.
Food isn’t the only item families need.
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