Drive-thru events to help local food programs

Kayla Stice State Farm Insurance is conducting a pair of drive-thru food drives for The Sunflower Studio and other local food programs.

They are set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the agency, 416 N. Main St., Brownstown, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of The Brooklyn Pizza Co., 753 W. Second St., Seymour.

Started by Amy Jackson, The Sunflower Studio is a nonprofit organization in Jackson County providing weekend meals for kids that do not get them through school or the Blessings in a Backpack program.

Jackson currently has funding for the next three weeks and already has 20 children she’s helping, but the plan with the food drives is to help her get funding for the rest of the summer.

Nonperishable items needed include canned goods, peanut butter, jelly, cereal bars or breakfast bars, cereal (individually packaged or regular size), juice boxes, chips (individually packaged or regular size), fruit cups, pudding cups, Jell-O cups, SpaghettiOs, canned ravioli, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, spaghetti noodles, fruit snacks, cookies (individually packaged) or other snacks, hand soap, toilet paper, diapers and wipes.

Items like bread, milk and eggs are purchased last minute before delivery.

Any items collected on the list will be donated to families in need. Extra items will be given to Double Down Outreach.

If you know anyone in Jackson County who could benefit from The Sunflower Studio, send a private message via