The Farmington FBLA – along with help from the National Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club and JAG program – brought in 926 canned goods on Halloween.

FBLA Sponsor Carolyn Strobl explained the food drive is part of Missouri FBLA’s “Show-Me Hunger Initiative” – the state’s portion of a nation-wide project.

Students in these organizations were out “trick-or-treating” on Halloween to collect nonperishable food items. The items collected will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Farmington.

This food drive is just one way students are working to help the hungry in the community. Another way to make a difference is through the Help the Hungry Bake Sale.

The 12th annual event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church gymnasium. Proceeds from the event go to the St. Vincent de Paul and Farmington Ministerial Alliance Food Pantries.

The event includes something for everyone – from a variety of delicious baked items available for purchase, to a silent auction and oral auction featuring all types of items up for bid.

There’s also the popular “Cookin’ Clergy” contest – a “friendly” bidding war between local pastors and ministers for who has the top dessert of the day.

How can the community help? Here are a few ideas found at helpthehungrybakesale.org.

  • Baking an item for the sale
  • Donating a live auction item. Call Becky at 573-280-7397 or Cindy at 573-760-6882
  • Donating a silent auction themed basket. Themed baskets can range from $25 – $100 and can be dropped off Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Joe Gym. For more information, call Marlene at 573-631-0378.
  • Donating a handmade holiday wreath, centerpiece or swag. Drop off items at St. Joe on Friday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Contact Ardie at 756-1362 for more information.
  • Cash donations are also accepted. Many people are now making year-end tax contributions to the bake sale.

Learn more about the sale at helpthehungrybakesale.org.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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