“To the Brim” Food Drive

In previous years, volunteers such as Jamie McFarlin have helped with the annual “To The Brim” Food Drive in Barren County. Photo submitted.

Mary Beth Sallee

Jobe Publishing, Inc.

 

The “To the Brim” Food Drive will once again be held this year to provide food assistance for families in the Glasgow/Barren County area.

According to Stacy Janes, Administrative Coordinator of Community Relief fund of Glasgow-Barren County, Inc., this event is in its 12th year.

“The food drive is our annual event to help collect the food to sustain the Community Relief Fund food pantry for the year,” Janes said. “It helps anyone in Glasgow/Barren County that needs help with food and qualifies for our assistance…Anyone who qualifies for Community Relief Fund assistance qualifies for food.”

The food drive will be held September 2 through September 5. Donation boxes are located at Houchens South Gate location and at Walmart in Glasgow.

“Both locations will have $10 food bags ready to pick-up and pay for at the register, and then drop in the donation box,” Janes said.

In addition to Houchens Industries and Walmart, other businesses involved with the food drive include DTS, TJ Regional Health, Baird Investment group, and SCRTC. Janes explained that Dr. Bharat Mody is also an important asset to the event.

“Dr. Mody has done an amazing job with this food drive, making every year more successful than the last,” Janes said.

For those interested in making a donation to the “To the Brim” Food Drive, non-perishable food items can be purchased and dropped off at a donation box at one of the locations. Individuals can also host a food drive at their business, church, or any other group. Donations can also be dropped off at the Community Relief Fund office, Community Medical Care office, or the Habitat for Humanity store in Glasgow.

The “To the Brim” Food Drive is critical in assisting those in the community that need food assistance.

“The food that is collected at the food drive keeps the pantry stocked until approximately January,” Janes said. “Then we are able to purchase the food that is needed for the rest of the year through the donations that we receive from our sponsors and other donors.”

“Whether you donate food or money, your help is needed to keep the pantry stocked,” Janes added. “This year is especially critical for your support. The COVID-19 crisis is changing the way we are having the food drive. There will not be volunteers there to hand you a slip and ask for a donation. It’s just not a responsible thing for us to do, to ask the volunteers to stand there. We need you to know to walk into the store on one of those four days that the food drive is taking place and that we need your donations.”

The Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County is located at 317 Columbia Ave. in Glasgow. The office can be reached at 270-651-9006.

The food pantry at Community Relief fund of Glasgow-Barren County provides food assistance to those in need within the community. Photo submitted.

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