On a cold and windy day during the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of volunteers from the Ella Curran Food Bank hosted a drive-through food giveaway event that helped feed over 360 families (over 1,400 people) in Independence and the surrounding areas.
Families were provided a choice of turkey or chicken, a bag of thanksgiving groceries, 10 pounds of produce, and a puzzle from the Thoughts and Gifts project. Additionally, some folks chose a bag of groceries to make chili.
Over 50 volunteers helped run the event by distributing the food, translating for families, and controlling the flow of traffic. All the food was provided through donations from the Independence-Monmouth community and the food bank’s partnership with Marion-Polk Food share.
The Independence public works crew provided and set up traffic cones to help direct traffic.
“To see the community and all the volunteers come together to help our neighbors truly shows the generous spirit of our community,” said the Director of the Ella Curran Food Bank, Patty Nevue.
Helping our neighbors, and doing it with a smile, is just one of the cornerstones that makes Independence a special place to call home.