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Helping feed Tippecanoe Co. families in need over the holidays

One in seven of your neighbors will struggle with hunger this holiday season according to Food Finders Food Bank.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2018 9:35 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — One in seven of your neighbors will struggle with hunger this holiday season according to Food Finders Food Bank. This is one reason why the team at Elmcroft Senior Living is working with Phoenix Paramedic Solutions to collect food Thursday.

The organizations are hosting a Fill the Ambulance Food Drive. It's actually the first time Elmcroft and Phoenix Paramedic Solutions will host this event for Food Finders, but help is needed from the community to fill the ambulance with food.

The ambulance will be parked at Elmcroft and you should be able to see it from the street. The senior living community is located near the Salisbury Street and Kalbere Road intersection. If you can, drop off some non-perishable food.

"I think we forget that those in our own community need food and need help," said Elmcroft Sales Director Venessa Sowders. "Just doing something like this, especially near this time, is so important and just humbling."

Food Finders is asking people to donate foods that you would like to eat, especially items children would like to eat this holiday season. Both organizations are hoping to make this an annual tradition.

"I would love to go big and fill the ambulance full of food with it overflowing," Sowders said. "I think if we get half for the first year it would be great."

Food you can drop off includes canned meats like tuna, chicken, and salmon, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, pasta, rice, cooking oil, 100% fruit juices, beans, and shelf-stable milk.

The food drive is being held Thursday from 11 a.m. and will end at 1 p.m. If you can't make it you can host your own food drive the planning kit is available here. This link also provides most wanted items and information on how to host a food or fund drive.

Workers at Elmcroft will also be providing a free lunch for those who donate during the food drive.

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