By: Jeannine Lee Lake—
Beginning around 7 am Monday, Oct. 24, Feed My Sheep kicked off its annual monthlong food drive to collect canned goods and no perishable food items for less fortunate families.
Nearly fifty locations throughout East Central Indiana will serve as collection sites from October 24 through Nov. 24. The food drive is part of our 21st annual Feed My Sheep Thanksgiving Day Outreach, which allows nearly 1,500 people to receive hot meals and a bag of groceries on Thanksgiving Day.
Muncie residents Nicole Miles, Kasey Simmons and Rachel Simmons have been in close contact with churches, schools and local businesses who are participating in this year’s food drive, which gives needy residents a chance to cook a few good meals after Thanksgiving is over.
Small businesses like Parlor salon and Scott Metzler’s State Farm office participate, as do Muncie Community Schools, Delaware Community Schools and other academic institutions like Ball State University and Ivy Tech State College. Larger businesses like Magna and Maxon are also on board again this year, as are our generous house of worship, such as St. Mary’s Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church and Church of the Living God.
We are grateful for everyone who helps us collect food, and for those who organize corporate or group donations. As we celebrate our community’s philanthropic spirit, we are already celebrating a successful fundraising season, one that allows Muncie to take care of its own during the holidays.
Muncie residents Micah Maxwell and Tamica Crumes are settling on the menu for Thanksgiving Day, and we already anticipating the aromas of turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie! If you haven’t already taken time to visit our website at fmsmuncie.org, please take a few minutes and do so. You can sign up a needy family to receive a meal, and find local food resources who help throughout the year.
The website also provides information to register to volunteer, whether that be sacking groceries, cutting potatoes, or helping clean the kitchen at Central High School after meals are completed.
Whatever you do will be a blessing, and it is most definitely appreciated as we continue our FMS founders’ (George and Teresa Huggins) mission to “feed the sheep” of this wonderful city.