Rockdale Noon Lions Club needs your help!

The Rockdale Noon Lions are holding a food drive starting now and ending November 18th and we need your help!

This is in conjunction with the other Milam County Lions Clubs and will benefit the three food banks in the county that provide food and supplies to those in need. All food collected will stay in Milam County.

Picture this scenario. You're out of work, have been for some time and haven't been able to find another job. You have kids and they are hungry. Little by little, your food stores are diminishing at your house. Maybe you don't have extended family here for support. Or maybe if you do, the whole family is in the same situation.

You're going to have to ask for help, but where? Someone tells you about the local Food Pantry and it almost sounds too good to be true. You gather all the strength you can muster and go to the Pantry, not really knowing what to expect. You're greeted warmly by the Food Pantry Staff, welcomed in and given some food to take home to feed your children.

Now what if there wasn't any food at the Food Pantry either.

Milam County Food Banks are in dire need. I have first hand knowledge that the Rockdale Food Pantry needs all of our help. Lion Gloria Thrasher works with our Rockdale Food Pantry and she said there are more people than ever right now, needing assistance, due to being out of work.

Rockdale Noon Lions will be contacting various businesses, organizations and churches and picking up bags from these locations. On Wednesday and Thursday, November 11 and 12, Rockdale Project Graduation and 4-H Clubs will be knocking on people's doors in various neighborhoods and asking neighbors to fill the bags with food and then they will take the filled bags and drop them off at The Rockdale Reporter.

If you are not contacted and would like to contribute, items can be dropped off at The Rockdale Reporter or at Rockdale Memorial Company in Rockdale.

Any donations of can goods, peanut butter, flour, sugar, rice, beans, pasta, tuna and canned meats are accepted.

Processed deer meat and frozen hens and turkeys are used this time of year.

Rockdale Food Pantry hours are Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to noon. They also accept monetary donations.

In Rockdale, so far, the Rockdale Chamber, St. John's United Methodist Church and Meadowbrook Baptist Church have contacted me to say they would help. I am sure I will hear from a lot of others willing to help. Brookshire Brothers is also participating by having special bags printed up for this project.

In Cameron, the Cameron Jr. High School Leo Club and the Yoe High Leo Club members will be leaving bags with instructions on various peoples door steps on November 14th and 15th and will pick these bags up on November 18th.

In Thorndale, the Chamber of Commerce, Thorndale 4-H Club, and St. Paul's Lutheran Club will be putting out boxes for people to put their donations in.

Items can also be dropped off at the Milam County Extension Office or Ideal Poultry in Cameron, Mrs. Wanda Lee in Gause, James Walker in Milano, Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale, and Buckholts State Bank in Buckholts. Financial contributions are also welcome.

For more information or questions, contact Kathy Cooke Martin at The Rockdale Reporter, 512-446-5838, Janet Crouch at Ideal Poultry or Chris Holcombe at 254-697-622o.

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