From left, Barb Nickse, city of Seminole staff; Mayor Leslie Waters, Rose Benoit, City Clerk; and Councilman Jim Quinn pack up food donated during the 2013 food drive. Waters has planned a year-long food drive for 2014.
SEMINOLE – Mayor Leslie Waters is expanding Seminole's annual citywide food drive. For the past five years, the food drive has begun in September and run in conjunction with the six-week Music in the Park series.
This year, food donations are already being collected for the 2014 drive and Waters plans for it to operate as a yearlong initiative.
“There’s a need 12 months out of the year, not just around the holidays,” she said. “At this time of year, the shelves are pretty bare.”
She hopes to amass 18,739 food items, which amounts to one item per Seminole resident.
“The generosity of the citizens of Seminole has always been appreciated,” said Waters, “but this year we want to step up our efforts with a measurement factor added.”
She added, “What a great way to show city unity, city generosity, city pride – one food item per citizen of Seminole in 2014.”
The food will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry, a nondenominational food bank run out of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9530 Starkey Road. The pantry has served the Seminole area since the 1980s. Its hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The goal of the Interfaith Food Pantry is to help provide food for needy families while preserving their sense of dignity,” Waters said.
So far, drop-off spots for food donations include: Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St.; Seminole-SPC Library, 9200 113th St.; Harold G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St.; Seminole Public Works, 11195 70th Ave.; Fire Station #29, 113th St. and 70th Avenue; the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 7985 113th St. N., Suite 208. Waters plans to add to this list.
Monetary donations are welcomed also, and will be given directly to the Food Pantry to be spent as they see fit.
Waters is also looking for community volunteers to assist with the endeavor.