Mexia prepares to restock its food pantries

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Mexia residents from many different ages, backgrounds and groups work together to make the annual Food for Families food drive a success. This group of students and teachers unload cases of food donations so they can be weighed during last year’s drive. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The people of Mexia give generously to many causes, and one of the largest is happening this month with the Food for Families food drive.

The event is the largest one-day food drive in the state and will take place in nine counties in central Texas on Friday, Nov. 22, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

That’s nearly three weeks away, but Marjorie Parks, who is coordinating the Mexia part of the drive for the second consecutive year, began weeks ago talking to local groups to enlist their help.

Parks is on the board of directors for Caritas, one of the two food pantries in Mexia that will benefit from the drive. She has gone to Mexia Independent School District, Navarro Junior College, Parkview Regional Hospital, all the banks and many of the churches to try to get the word out. Two of the groups she spoke to recently were the Mexia Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mexia, both service organizations.

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