To spread holiday cheer throughout the community, residents are invited to help area food pantries keep pace with local families’ needs by donating to O’Fallon’s 18th annual Cornucopia of Care. The food drive begins on Monday, November 5, with collection canisters at various locations ready to receive donations of non-perishable food and personal care items through Saturday, December 15. All items are distributed to local food pantries.
Among the most-needed food items are boxed cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, peanut butter, instant potatoes and rice. Meal kits like pasta and sauce, beef stew or chicken and dumplings are appreciated as well. And personal hygiene items, paper products and cleaning supplies are also welcomed.
“We are fortunate to live in a compassionate community,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Manager. “There are many families struggling daily to keep food on their tables, and the challenges they face seem to grow around the holiday season. The generous donations received throughout this drive will help them to stretch their limited income, especially as the impact of winter could cause them to choose between heat and food.”
Individuals, organizations and businesses are welcome to drop off donations of non-perishable canned and boxed food and personal care items during regular business hours at the following sites:
- O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street 63366 (east lobby open 24/7)
- Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle 63368
- Donations will be accepted at O’Fallon’s Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalt Park November 23 – 30 (except December 25).
Additional sites will be posted as they become available at https://www.ofallon.mo.us/cornucopia-of-care. For more information call Volunteer Services at 636-379-5417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.