Food drive pulls in 25,000 pounds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia residents worked together Friday to collect 12 and a half tons of food to help those who receive food from Caritas food pantry.
The project was the Food For Families Food Drive, held each year on the Friday before Thanksgiving.
Caritas of Mexia board Vice President Marjorie Parks directed the Mexia portion of the drive, with other board members helping. Other volunteers from the community helped accept the food, then sort it and put it away. Some of those groups included the Mexia High School Student Council, Navarro College nursing students and also individual volunteers.
As trucks, cars and at least one school bus pulled up in front of the Caritas food pantry, at 111 Paris in Mexia, volunteers helped unload boxes and bags of non-perishable items and took them inside.
Local restaurants donated food for the volunteers so they could eat at the pantry, including Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken, Kirby’s Barbeque, The Donut Shop and Coffee Cabaret.
Several of the younger volunteers spoke of how much working at the food drive meant to them.

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