Donate canned goods and help ‘Bring the Harvest Home’ for local food pantries.
Countywide community effort to culminate with Dec. 8 Holiday Food Drive on the Square.
Marion County is once again encouraging citizens and businesses to help those in greater need this holiday season by participating in the annual “Bring the Harvest Home” campaign. “We are hoping our community will come together again to help ‘bring the harvest home’ in support of Marion County’s neediest residents during this special season,” said Marion County Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant.
The effort to collect canned food and toiletry donations will culminate on Friday, Dec. 8, with a Holiday Food Drive from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the Square in downtown Ocala. Donated goods will help fill area pantries.
“Many of the working families in our county are struggling financially,” said Karla Grimsley, Interfaith Emergency Services CEO. “This food drive will ensure that they will not only have a nice meal for the holiday but additional groceries to get through the month.”
Citizens and businesses may assist the efforts by collecting and donating nonperishable items as follows:
– Dry foods and complementary goods (rice, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, crackers, peanut butter and jelly). Plastic containers preferred.
– Canned meats (corned beef, corned beef hash, ham and tuna).
– Canned vegetables and fruit.
– Baby items (baby cereal, diapers and lotion).
– Toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and toilet paper).
Donations may be brought to the Square on Dec. 8 or at many other locations through Dec. 8. Drop-off locations include: public libraries, city and county fire stations, Sheriff’s Office district offices, tax collector offices, Solid Waste recycling centers, Ocala Police Department, Supervisor of Elections, Ocala City Hall, Marion County Administration and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership. For addresses or more information on Bring the Harvest Home, visit www.bringtheharvesthome.com or www.facebook.com/MarionCountyFlorida.