GLASGOW – The To the Brim Community Food Drive was a success again this year.
The food drive took place Aug. 28 -31 and benefited the Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County and Barren County Reads and Feeds Program, which delivers free meals and books to children in the community during the summer months.
“The food drive went really well. So far we have collected 7,234 items,” said Stacy Janes, administrative coordinator for Community Relief.
The amount of non-perishable food collected during the food drive last week is about the same as in 2018, but Janes pointed out that there are some businesses that had food drives on their own, but have yet to drop off what they have collected.
What was collected during the food drive should be enough to stock Community Relief's food pantry through the holidays, she said.
That does not mean people should stop donating food.
Janes continued that there is always a need for non-perishable food items and that donations can be made at any time throughout the year.
By donating throughout the year, she said, “... will make sure the dollars we have to spend later in the year go farther.”
The money Janes is referring to are the dollars contributed to the food drive by its sponsors, which is typically used after supplies collected during the food drive have been depleted.
CheyAnne Fant, director of nutrition for the Barren County School System, said BC Reads and Feeds is very thankful to be a part of the food drive.
"We know that one in four children eat their last meal at school and this helps us provide weekend bags for students throughout the summer months in addition to our summer feeding program," she said. "What a wonderful community we live in that so many people are willing to help make sure that all kids have food on their table. This past summer we provided over 2,400 weekend meal kits with the help of this and other community partners."