With the holiday season fast approaching, the Grain Valley Assistance Council (GVAC) is prepped and ready to assist residents in need.
Donna Compton, Site Coordinator, said residents who have signed up for assistance this Thanksgiving will receive food boxes before the holiday. Prairie Branch Elementary is holding a food drive to help fill these Thanksgiving food boxes
GVAC will assist families in need this Christmas through their Adopt-A-Child program. Compton reports they have plenty of people willing to adopt a child, and additional assistance is not needed at this time.
Compton said a devoted crew of nine volunteers keep the pantry running and events such as the Thanksgiving boxes and Adopt-A-Child organized.
The most needed items in the pantry include: Canned meat (chicken, tuna, spam), canned meals (spaghetti-Os, chili, beef stew), boxed dinners (hamburger helper, tuna helper, chicken helper), pork and beans, canned carrots, canned mixed veggies, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, toothpaste, body wash, shaving cream, toilet paper, shampoo, and deodorant.
Collection barrels for donations are located at the Grain Valley Community Center and Grain Valley Price Chopper.
For more information on the Grain Valley Assistance Council, visit www.grainvalleyassistancecouncil.org.