Schools assist Mission of Hope with largest food giveaway of the year

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/19/17

DORA — Two locals schools helped the Mission of Hope in Dora prepare for their annual Thanksgiving food giveaway, which took place on Thursday.

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Schools assist Mission of Hope with largest food giveaway of the year

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DORA — Two locals schools helped the Mission of Hope in Dora prepare for their annual Thanksgiving food giveaway, which took place on Thursday.

Students at Sumiton Elementary School held a school-wide food drive for the Mission of Hope, a nonprofit organization that acts as both a food bank and clothes closet. They were able to raise almost 1,300 cans of food.

“This project was part of the school’s emphasis on service projects,” said Laura Lee Ellis, a counselor at Sumiton Elementary. The school held a food drive for the organization last year, with a goal of collecting 700 cans, and upped that goal for this year’s food drive to 1,000 cans of food. The students were rewarded with a pajama day on Thursday for meeting their goal.

Members of the Oakman High School Beta Club also helped the Mission of Hope on Wednesday by helping set up and get everything ready for the food giveaway.

The Corner High School fishing team also volunteered at the food giveaway on Thursday.

Lori Abercrombie, executive director for the Mission of Hope, said the Thanksgiving food giveaway is their largest each year and this year, they were able to provide boxes of food to 235 families.

Families received traditional Thanksgiving items, including cornbread mix, beans, corn, macaroni, sweet potatoes, stuffing and cranberries, as well as a voucher for a Butterball turkey.

“The schools were a big help and we always appreciate when local students volunteer with us,” Abercrombie added.

The Mission of Hope also provided additional bags of food to each family, since Thursday was also the scheduled date of a regular food giveaway.

The organization gives food out bi-weekly each month, on the first and third Thursday in November and December and on the second and fourth Thursdays in January through October.s

For more information about the Mission of Hope, call 205-255-7181.