The shelves are a little more crowded at the Mid-Del Food Pantry this holiday season thanks to readers of the Midwest City Beacon.
The newspaper’s seventh annual holiday food drive collected more than 260 pounds of food for hungry families across eastern Oklahoma County.
Donations were collected at the Beacon office and FNB Community Bank branches in Midwest City and Del City from Dec. 1-17. Employees delivered the food to the pantry on Dec. 17.
The donations will help bolster the food pantry during the busy holiday season. Mike Anderson, pantry director, said they have seen more demand this year due to high cost of groceries.
Managing editor Jeff Harrison thanked readers and FNB Community Bank for their support.
“The Mid-Del Food Pantry is an excellent organization that provides help to those in need right here in eastern Oklahoma County,” he said. “We are grateful for our loyal readers and supportive community partners at FNB Community Bank to make this community project possible.”
The holiday food drive has raised more than 2,200 pounds of food since its inception in 2015.
The Mid-Del Food Pantry, 322 N. Midwest Blvd., serves about 120 households per week. The non-profit organization was formed in 1984 by a local ministerial alliance. It is an independent organization but is supported by many churches, civic groups and individuals.