GLASGOW — The To the Brim Community Food Drive is coming up later this month and event organizers are asking everyone to make donations to help those in need.
Non-perishable food, as well as monetary donations, will be accepted.
The Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County is one agency that benefits from the food drive.
“Our pantry would be empty if it wasn't for the To the Brim,” said Stacy Janes, administrator coordinator for the agency. “The food we collect lasts through January, and then we place an order in January, April and June, typically. That's when we have our needs.”
In the last year, the Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County has made 730 brown paper bags of food for families and Janes said that is all due to the food drive.
Food in the brown bags is enough to sustain a person for three days and contains a variety of non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, canned meats and breakfast items.
This year marks the 11th anniversary of To the Brim, which was started by Dr. Bharat Mody, now a retired Glasgow surgeon.
Mody explained he started the food drive because there was no cohesive food drive in the Glasgow-Barren County area 11 years ago and hunger was an issue.
“Twenty to 25 percent of our citizens' children at one time or another go hungry, so that's why we decided to start the food drive,” Mody said.
Through the years, the response to the food drive has been wonderful, he said.
“Houchens Industries has been good to us to donate the food every year; almost $2,000,” Mody said. “We also get lots of donations from our sponsors that we use after we run out of all this food around the holidays.”
Volunteers will be stationed at Houchens Market in the Southgate Plaza shopping center along S.L. Rogers Wells Boulevard and at Walmart's grocery store entrance along Happy Valley Road during the food drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., distributing flyers to shoppers, reminding them about the food drive, and to accept items purchased for the food drive.
Items needed this year are canned meats, peanut butter, breakfast foods and canned fruits and vegetables.
“The boxed meals are very nice to have and then some snack items and even some pop-top items for homeless or transient folks that we have to come through,” Janes said.
Any company, church or group that wants to do a food drive and then donate that food To the Brim may do so.
“We can come and pick it up if we need to,” she said.
Janes added that Houchens Market in the Southgate Plaza shopping center will have $10 food bags available for those who don't have time to shop for the food drive.
In addition to the Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County, To the Brim will also benefit the Barren County School System's Reads and Feeds Program and the Community Soup Kitchen at the Liberty District-Ralph Bunche Community Center along Bunche Avenue.
Alma Glover, founder of the Community Soup Kitchen, said To the Brim is one of several food drives that help the soup kitchen feed people in the community.
“We need the help wherever we can get it,” Glover said. “To the Brim is helping us feed people in the community.”
INFO BOX: To the Brim Community Food Drive will take place from Aug. 28-31 at Houchens Market in the Southgate Plaza shopping center along S.L. Rogers Wells Boulevard and at the grocery store entrance to Walmart along Happy Valley Road.