Thanksgiving in July starts today
The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County has partnered with Hy-Vee to host Thanksgiving in July, a communitywide food drive, which began today and continues through Sunday.
All cash and food donations will be given to The Lord’s Cupboard, to help in aiding individuals and families in need of assistance.
The Thanksgiving in July food drive provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses, civic, and faith organizations throughout the community to host their own drives to collect food and donations for The Lord’s Cupboard. The only requirement is the donation be nonperishable, canned or packaged food. It can be as easy as donating several cans of food or sponsoring a food drive through ball games, dances, raffles or other events. Any place that people gather can be a potential food drive site.
Cash donations are appreciated and allow The Lord’s Cupboard to buy bulk food at a reduced cost.
• T.R.E.A.T. — Bring one nonperishable food or cash donation per person to receive $2 off a ticket to T.R.E.A.T.'s production of "Wind in the Willows" at 7 p.m. today at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center's Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.
• Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store — Customers will be given the option to make a monetary donation at Hy-Vee check-out lanes through Sunday. The store will host a grill-out with a portion of all proceeds going to Thanksgiving in July from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday.
• Fairfield Community Band Concert – Bring cash and nonperishable food donations to the Fairfield Community Band Concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Central Park. Lord’s Cupboard volunteers will be on hand to “pass the hat” for cash donations and will have shopping carts to collect food donations.
• Way Off Broadway — Bring one nonperishable food or cash donation per person to receive $2 off a ticket to “Annie Get Your Gun” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Sondheim center.
The following locations will accept non-perishable food items and cash donations: Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Everybody’s Whole Foods, Iowa State Bank & Trust Company, Libertyville Savings Bank, MidwestOne Bank and The Lord’s Cupboard.
The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County serves as the county’s primary emergency food pantry and serves more than 1,000 families a year. Nearly 50 percent of those served by the pantry are under the age of 18.
Donations of food or cash also can be dropped off at The Lord’s Cupboard between 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.