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Salem UMC hosts drop-off food drive

COVINGTON — Those who reach out to assist the needy will get a helping hand themselves this weekend at the Salem United Methodist Church food drive.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., food donations can be made at the church simply by driving up and dropping off.

“This will be a convenient way for people to simply drive up by the church door,” said church volunteer Jimmy Breedlove. “We will have people there on Saturday .. all they’ll have to do is drive up and drop off their food donation.”

The church is located at 3962 Salem Road, Covington.

Breedlove said the food drop-off is an extension of the church’s ongoing effort to provide food to the needy. He said the church keeps collection barrels out in different areas of the church campus year-round for collections of non-perishable food items.

“We try to do a lot for our local community and put as much money for missions out locally as we do for other countries,” he said.

Breedlove said food collected on Saturday will be distributed to help the needy in Rockdale and Newton counties.

“All the food we collect goes to either one of those two food banks,” Breedlove said. “This is just the first time we have set aside a day during the holiday period to have someone there making it easy for people to drive by and donate.”

Appropriate donations include canned goods, dried cereals, boxed meals, tuna fish, packaged fruit juices and other non-perishable items.

For more information about the drop-off food drive, contact the church at 770-786-6027.