School is out, which means school lunch and breakfast program meals are done for the summer. Parents are providing more meals for their family which is leaving inventories low at food banks in Van Wert County.
The Van Wert Community Club is organizing “Together we CAN”, a canned food/non-perishables food drive to benefit our local food banks at Cooperative Ministries located at First United Methodist Church, Trinity Friends, Salvation Army, Convoy, and Ohio City. We invite members of organizations, church groups, co-workers, and friends & families to participate and support this worthy cause.
There are many ways to participate and collection can even begin now:
1.) Group Scavenger Hunt
2.) Drop & Drive
3.) Area Collection Bins
The Scavenger Hunt:
A scavenger hunt will be held on Sunday, July 28 between 2 and 4 p.m. Home base will be the Commercial Building on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Alternate start sites are the Methodist Church (changed from the Village Municipal Building) in Convoy and the Village Hall in Ohio City. You do not have to pre-register and there is no fee to participate. Items may be obtained in a number of ways –purchased, solicited through donation, or a combination of both — whatever method you choose. The county will be divided into sections and your group’s team will be assigned an area to collect as many items as possible from a list provided by the food pantries. Each item will be assigned a point value and the group with the highest total upon their return will be awarded a prize. Remember, you can start collecting now to add to your scavenger bounty – the ultimate goal is to collect as much as possible for our local pantries. Click on our Activities Page for Rules, List of Items/Tally Sheet, and Tips for a Successful hunt.
Drop & Drive:
For groups who do not wish to scavenger or are unable to, you can still participate in the food drive. Collect your items ahead of time and simply drop them off along with your tally sheet on July 28th at the Commercial Building on the fairgrounds between 2 and 4 p.m.
Collection bins will be placed in participating grocery stores starting on July 1 to help raise awareness of the event and need for donations. Shoppers are invited to donate as they do their weekly shopping. COLECTION BINS ARE IN THESE AREA STORES: Van Wert: MainStreet Market, Pick N Save, Shoe Sensation. Convoy: Secret Garden & the Village Municipal Building. Ohio City: Koating Concepts/Rent-A-Garage & the Village Hall.
Together We CAN:
We are certain you will find this to be a great experience serving others. It is a great way to bring together members your club or church, friends and family for the benefit of the community in which you live and work. It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors and the great feeling it brings helping those less fortunate.