With the closing of the Lincoln County Cupboard last spring, families in Elsberry have felt the effect in their pantries and although nothing will make up for a weekly visit to obtain food, the Elsberry Ministerial Alliance, Operation Backpack, local businesses and concerned citizens are doing their part to help people keep food in the cabinets.

This past weekend area Cub Scout Pack 3391 and Boy Scouts Troop 391 participated in the annual Scouting for Food Campaign.  The 1168 items collected by the cub scouts in the morning and the 166 items collected in the afternoon by the boy scouts are being donated to the EMA. They will be helping provide Christmas Food baskets for at least 100 community families.

Another contribution was two weeks ago when the Elsberry FFA held their annual barnwarming and students who attended brought canned soup, vegetables and fruit to donate to the Operation Backpack that is handled by Elsberry’s National Honor Society. NHS bags up nonperishable food items to be sent home with students in need every other week.

EHS junior, Madeline Burke, is undertaking the task of putting together food items for Thanksgiving baskets for some families.  Students at EHS will be asked to bring in items to help with this project and monetary donations and/or canned items will be accepted at the door of the Girls Basketball Jamboree on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Finally, two area businesses are joining in to help the EMA with their undertaking of the food baskets.  Elsberry Medicine Shoppe will be giving their customers one dollar off any Leader Brand products when they bring in food items from now until Dec. 12.  With the food basket families will be given a gift certificate to IGA, owner of Elsberry IGA Elias and Wafa Tawil, will add five dollars to every certificate purchased by the EMA.

Make this Holiday Season special for a family; find some way to help out area causes.

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