Southeast Missouri State-Sikeston Assisting with Food Drive

SIKESTON, Mo.,

Dec. 6, 2007 – Students, faculty and staff at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston are doing their part to make the holidays brighter for those less fortunate in their area.

The students, along with the Bootheel Food Bank, are collecting food items as part of a food drive sponsored by the Juvenile Office in Sikeston, Mo. The Juvenile Office is collecting dried and canned food to be assembled into food boxes for those in need in the area.

The drive runs through Dec. 14. The food boxes will be distributed to recipients on Friday, Dec. 21.

Southeast students at the Sikeston campus already have been major contributors, according to Judy Buck, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.

“Students are already dropping off canned food, and we invite the public to participate by dropping food items by at the Sikeston campus of Southeast.”

Hours for drop off are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday until Dec. 13 at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.

In addition to collecting food, small donations also are being accepted so small hams and turkeys may be purchased to be included in every food box delivered. Organizers of the drive hope to collect $300 in donations for turkeys and hams, which will be cooked for those who do not have means to cook them themselves.

Buck says the more money donated, the more families can be reached.