Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Food Drive

Over the past nine years, On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FL has chosen to support Interfaith Emergency Services (IES), a non profit organization that provides emergency assistance to individuals and families in crisis. Residents and employees of On Top of the World have always been very generous in donating large amounts of nonperishable food items and various sundries to our annual food drive. With this in mind, we are asking again this year for any help and can lend. According to Karla Grimsley, Executive Director of Interfaith Emergency Services, the need has never been greater. "Today, there are over 16, 000 people in Marion County who are suffering due to unemployment. Many others have lost jobs and found employment but make significantly less than before. We are currently serving an average of 70 families per day and over 1,300 children over the weekends through our Food 4 Kids program. We are providing shelter to 31 residents (13 of those are children). We simply could not meet the need without the support of caring people like you!"

IES is in dire need of the following staple food and hygiene items:
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Boxed dry pasta
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soups
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken)
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Feminine products

The 2011 On Top of the World food drive has already begun and will continue to accept donations through December 16th. Your donation of any of the above listed items would be of great help. Please place your item(s) in one of the collection boxes.

Thank you in advance for helping those less fortunate in our community. Happy Holidays!

This article was written by On Top of the World employee Patty Soriano.

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