by TaLeiza Calloway
A community-wide effort to help those in need is slated for Sept. 29 in St. Joseph.
The second annual citywide food drive will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. in front of the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf on 25 1st Ave. NW, across the street west of the St. Joseph Meat Market. Unlike last year, organizers will not be hosting the clothing drive this year, volunteer Tom Klecker said. Klecker is one of many organizers for the event.
Food and monetary donations will be accepted during the event. There is also a specific need for cleaning products and paper products like toilet paper, paper towels and disposable diapers that volunteers are finding a need for as well.
“The (St. Joseph) food shelf is really in need,” Klecker said. “This is one way for the community to kind of come together.”
There is no one person or organization planning this event. Several community organizations are involved. They include all local faith communities, the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, local Boy Scouts, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the local Lions Club.
Last year, about $2,000 was donated at the event. Donations filled seven pick-up trucks with clothing. No clothing will be collected this year. Organizers are hoping to increase monetary donations this year, Klecker said.
Volunteers will be on-site to assist in the collection and unloading of items and will also be serving coffee and donuts.