Not everyone will have food on the table this Thanksgiving.
So in an effort to help those who are struggling, RE/MAX Professionals in Seymour is hosting a community food drive this week.
RE/STOCK with RE/MAX is an initiative to bring the community together to help restock the local food pantry.
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All donations will be given to Community Provisions of Jackson County in Seymour to support individuals and families in Jackson County and the surrounding areas.
The food drive runs through Friday. Any boxed or canned nonperishable foods will be accepted. Items can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at RE/MAX Professionals, 1403 E. Tipton St.
Steve Silver of RE/MAX Professionals said it is an important time to restock local food shelves.
“It is important to help sustain our communities,” he said. “Households throughout our neighborhoods experience food insecurities all year long and rely on their local food banks for support.”
Silver said they want to bring communities together to help restock the shelves and help those in need in time for Thanksgiving.
“When RE/MAX INTEGRA announced the RE/STOCK with RE/MAX food drive, we thought it was a great opportunity for us as a group to help others who may be going through a difficult time,” he said. “Living in Jackson County, we know there are many who are suffering through challenging times.”
He said the food drive gives RE/MAX a hands-on way to partner with Community Provisions to help those in need.
They have set a goal of collecting 500 items.
“We are looking forward to working together with the community to help our neighbors in need, not only in a financial way but in a hands-on way, to make the holiday season a little easier,” Silver said.
Charles Seybold and his wife, Phyllis, are co-directors of Community Provisions, 107 W. Bruce St., Seymour.
Charles said the food drive is very much appreciated and the timing is great.
“The number of people getting food lately has gone up,” he said. “The average this month is about 50 families a week, and that is just being open 10:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. on Tuesdays.”
He said as the seasons change, so does the pantry list. As the weather cools down, they start giving out more canned soups and items for making chili and vegetable soup.
“At the moment, some of our greatest needs are for green vegetables, like peas and green beans,” he said. “Also, diced tomatoes, canned potatoes and saltines.”
Charles said they couldn’t do what they do without volunteers and help from the community.
“I can’t say enough about our super volunteers because they just do tremendous work,” he said. “Also, we are so grateful for community help, like the RE/MAX food drive, because that’s how we survive. We depend on local help.”
Kristal Hubbard of Seymour was the first to make a donation to the RE/MAX food drive Monday morning.
“The food banks help local people who may not be able to have enough food to eat,” she said. “I know people who depend on the food banks to carry them over until they get their Social Security checks.”
Hubbard said she doesn’t like to see anyone go without food, and if she can help in some small way, she is happy to do so.
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What: RE/STOCK with RE/MAX food drive for Community Provisions of Jackson County
When: Between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. all this week through Friday
Where: RE/MAX Professionals, 1403 E. Tipton St., Seymour
Donations: Canned food and nonperishable items
Information: 812-522-8448 or facebook.com/remaxprofessionalsseymour