Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2004

Youth PRIDE continues Basehor area food drive

February 12, 2004

The thought process behind a food drive, sponsored by the volunteer Basehor Youth PRIDE organization, is that needy families go hungry all year, not just around the holidays.

"People are hungry all the time," said Stephanie Swenson, a Basehor Youth PRIDE sponsor. "This is an on-going effort."

Youth PRIDE began its food drive in December with much promise. The organization received about 60 pounds of food, which found its way to needy families in time for the holidays.

From then, however, donations have slowed.

In January, Youth PRIDE received just 20 pounds of donated food. By comparison to February, last month would be a banner month.

In February, the group received bubkus, no donations.

Swenson said the group is taking the donated food and handing it over to the Basehor-Linwood Assistance Service organization, a charitable group designed to lend a hand to needy families throughout the year.

The group will place a box outside Basehor City Hall, 2620 N. 155th St., the first Saturday of each month to coincide with a Basehor PRIDE recycling drive. The group is urging area residents to donate food items when dropping off items for recycling, Swenson said.

"We just need to get the word out," she said. "This is an all-year thing."

The assistance service organization is still in need of a food pantry to store donated food items. In December, the Sentinel reported the assistance service group is without a permanent place to store food for needy families.

Debbie Dearinger, Basehor-Linwood Assistance Service coordinator, said the group remains without a food pantry and desperately is seeking one.

Anyone interested should contact Dearinger at (913) 724-1690.

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