The Constitution-Tribune Food for the Needy share drive, which began just before Thanksgiving and officially ended this week, brought in an estimated $16,500 worth of food and cash to help local people in need. The share drive is coordinated by the C-T with support from Hy-Vee Food Store, Sliced Bread Market, and Wal-Mart. Large red collection boxes were placed at the grocery stores to make it convenient for shoppers to donate.

The Constitution-Tribune Food for the Needy share drive, which began just before Thanksgiving and officially ended this week, brought in an estimated $16,500 worth of food and cash to help local people in need. The share drive is coordinated by the C-T with support from Hy-Vee Food Store, Sliced Bread Market, and Wal-Mart. Large red collection boxes were placed at the grocery stores to make it convenient for shoppers to donate. All food donations collected were given to help stock the Salvation Army food pantry. Monetary donations, which amounted to $1,450, were given to The Salvation Army to purchase perishable food items for those in need. Through the Salvation Army’s Christmas efforts, 80 food bags were distributed to families in Chillicothe and Trenton. There were 29 men, 66 women and 114 children assisted with the food bags. Lt. Shannon Forney, administrator of the local Salvation Army, stated that through the overwhelming response to the Food for the Needy Food drive, The Salvation Army has been able to reopen its food pantry on a regular basis. “It had been closed because we didn’t have food and no one to run it,” Forney said. She said that the facility had been closed for about six months and only a limited supply of food available for emergency circumstances but not enough to sustain regular hours as they would have liked. “Now that the Christmas season is over, we have modified some things and we are able to have the food pantry up and running,” Forney said. “Because of the food we got in, we should be able to be sustained for awhile now.” The pantry is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.