From staff reports
NEOSHO, Mo. —
The Newton County Food Basket Brigade, now in its 25th year, will launch its food drive on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with distribution set for Saturday, Dec. 15.
The goal this year is 120,000 pounds of food, which will be distributed to approximately 1,200 families in Newton County who are certified as low income, disadvantaged, disabled and/or elderly in need of assistance, according to a statement sent out by Terry Cook, president of the campaign.
The goal is to raise enough food for a traditional Christmas dinner for those families, plus basic staples to last up to two weeks.
In 2011, the Food Basket Brigade distributed food to more than 1,000 families representing more than 3,000 people. Contributions included more than $37,000 in cash donations used to help purchase food. The food and cash that were left over were eventually given to the Neosho Help Center for distribution to clients this year.
A countywide door-to-door solicitation for the food baskets is set for Saturday, Dec. 8. The last day for donations will be Wednesday, Dec. 12. Contributions and donations also can be left at the Newton County Emergency Services Office (the old armory) at the corner of Brook and Jefferson streets.
The food distribution on Dec. 15 will occur at the former Auto Tech Building, 629 North College, which is a new site this year, according to Cook.
Anyone wanting to receive assistance must make an application in person, at the Neosho Help Center, 214 East Main St. Proof of residence in Newton County, a Social Security card and documentation of number of persons living in home will be required. Applications are being accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday from now through Dec. 6, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Applications also will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
The previous year's certifications are not carried forward from year to year.