POMEROY — Looking toward the holiday season, Payton VanInwagen and his step-mom Heather Brooks were discussing ideas of what they could do to help those in need.
Brooks explained that she had recently spoke with Larry Churcheus at the Meigs Veterans Outreach who mentioned that their food pantry was running low. The pantry is used to provide food items to veterans in need, some of whom are homeless.
From that came the idea of collecting food items for the Veterans Outreach.
When it came to setting a goal for how much they hoped to collect, Payton set the goal at 500 items.
Items of particular need include: peanut butter and jelly, noodles, pasta, sauce, canned fruit, canned potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cereals and soups. Items that are quick and easy to fix are preferred.
The Veterans Outreach has helped over 200 individuals this year with food needs. In addition, the outreach fixes lunch at the location during the week for veterans to come in and eat lunch.
Items will be collected now through Nov. 11 — Veterans Day.
A drop-off box has been set up at Wendy’s in Pomeroy for donations.
Anyone interested in donating may contact Brooks at 740-444-2318.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.