By LISA SIMPSON STRANGE
Glasgow Daily Times
Monday marks the first day of a week-long effort to try to battle the problem of hunger in Glasgow and Barren County.
Area businesses, organizations and individual volunteers will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items all around the community today through Sunday for the “To the Brim” food drive, which was started last year by local philanthropist Dr. Bharat Mody.
“Today is the first birthday of a ‘new baby,’” Mody told guests at a fundraising dinner at his home on Aug. 11. “I’m excited more people know the name ‘To the Brim.’”
Donations of canned, boxed and prepackaged food are being accepted at locations all around Glasgow and Cave City this week during the food drive.
Along with collection sites at Community Relief, Dr. Mody’s office, Habitat ReStore, Community Medical Care, Walmart, Food Lion and other locations, all local Houchens stores will be having a special promotion during the event.
Mody acknowledged the efforts of Ruel Houchens and Chris Holley with Houchens Industries in helping with the additional effort.
All local Houchens locations will have quantities of prepackaged food for $5 already prepared in the stores. Customers may buy the items and place them in bins at the front of the stores, which will be manned by volunteers. Houchens will then match the amount of the donations.
Mody is excited this year that more people and organizations have shown an interest in participating in the food drive.
“We’re here to make a difference for our community,” he said. “Nobody in America should ... go hungry. The problem with hunger is you don’t see it.”
Now is the time to focus on those who are still struggling in the community. Approximately 25 percent of children and the elderly now go hungry in the United States, according to Mody.
“To the Brim is a great program. It fills a need out there,” Billy Elmore, with Habitat ReStore, said during Mody’s fundraising meal.
Last year by December the food banks ran out of food and an interim food drive had to be undertaken, Mody said. He doesn’t want to see that happen again.
“Encourage family, neighbors, friends, people in the workplace and churches of the need to make a commitment for the program,” he said. “If they could just make a commitment every month to donate an extra bag of groceries, that would go a long way.”
The plan is for the annual food drive to be an annual event each August going forward, according to Mody.
The food drive will benefit the Community Relief Fund, Salvation Army Service Unit of Glasgow-Barren County and PathFinders Inc. of Cave City.
Donation sites to drop off food include the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, 118 East Public Square; Community Relief, 123 East Washington St., call Sue Haynes at 651-9006; Habitat ReStore, 506 West Main St.; Community Medical Care, 101 State Ave., Suite C, call Tina Combs at 659-0229; Dr. Bharat Mody, 201 Professional Park Drive, call Dr. Mody at 651-8789; Cave City Chamber of Commerce, 418 Mammoth Cave St., call Carol DeGroft at 773-5159; Cream & Sugar Cafe, 105 Broadway St., Cave City; Walmart, 2345 Happy Valley Road; all Houchens stores in Glasgow and Cave City; and Food Lion in Glasgow.