CCCC participating in Food Net drive

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY - The Crowley Christian Care Center (CCCC) will once again be participating in the Food Net Food for Families Food Drive on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

On the day of the drive, the center, located at 726 West Seventh Street in Crowley, will be open for 12 hours, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., accepting donations. They will accept not only food items but cash donations as well.

Last year’s drive led to the care center collecting nearly eight tons of food on just the day of the drive.

“The eight tons helped last year, but they were gone quickly,” said Marilyn Lawson, CCCC director. “We had to actually supplement the missing things and purchase groceries to make our bags”

Lawson hopes last year’s generosity will return again this year.

“We know the economy is tough with everyone looking for help, just as we are,” said Lawson.

CCCC has participated in the Food Net drive for over 20 years.

The CCCC also accepts donation year round and the generosity of area residents over the years has not gone unnoticed at the CCCC.

“We have clubs and people who donate on a regular basis and we are grateful for that,” said Lawson.

The center averages 450 bags of groceries per month to its clients. They have also partnered with Second Harvest for many years. Second Harvest is a federal program that helps food banks like the Crowley Christian Care Center feed the area.

Due to budget cuts, however, the amount of food that the center has received from Second Harvest has significantly declined in the last year.

The board of directors is asking the community to seriously consider making an extra effort to participate in this year’s food drive to help meet the needs of the less fortunate in Crowley.

All donations to the CCCC remain in Crowley and are given to qualified applicants, which include several age groups.

“There are a lot of elderly people living on fixed incomes in the area and because they own their house or something like that, they do not qualify for other programs,” said Lawson.

In the past year, the CCCC states it has seen a significant increase for help with food.

All non-perishable items will be accepted, but the Crowley area especially needs rice, flour, sugar, pasta, cornbread mix, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, boxed food mixes and canned meats.

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