The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 5, 2012

Volunteeers to collect donations for Newton County Food Baskets


From staff reports

NEOSHO, Mo. — More than 150 volunteers will go door-to-door across the Neosho area Saturday, collecting food and cash donations for the 2012 Newton County Food Basket Brigade.

The volunteers will deliver the food they collect to the distribution headquarters at 629 N. College St., where additional volunteers will sort those donations to prepare for distribution the following week.

Brigade official estimate they have so far collected about half of the food and cash needed to meet this year’s goal of 120,000 pounds of food. A record number of families have been certified as eligible for assistance. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 6.

Neosho residents are asked to place non-perishable food donations in sacks on their front porches or by their front doors by 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Anyone who won’t be home on Saturday can take their donations to the Newton County Emergency Management Agency office in the old Neosho Armory at Brook and Jefferson from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Those who want to help with the collection are asked to call Jacque Faulkner at (417) 483-8690. Volunteers who want to help sorting at the distribution center at 629 N. College should report by 9 a.m.



25 years

This is  the 25th year for the Newton County Food Basket Brigade. Since its beginning in 1988, it has collected more than five million pounds of food for Christmas baskets. Last year, the drive distributed food to more than 950 families.