Ashley County Medical Center recently collected donations of food and money from their employees as well as other donors during the Thanksgiving season to help support local charities.
Through ACMC’s efforts, both the Hamburg and Crossett Food Pantries divided the approximately 2,081 items and $1,021 in cash collected during the drive.
Hamburg High School EAST and Crossett High School students helped by loading items at ACMC and then unloaded the items at the Hamburg Food Pantry. Crossett students delivered to the Greater Crossett Area Food Pantry.
The Hamburg Food Pantry helps 75 to 110 families and usually feeds 110 to 160 people every month.
People can donate all year by directly taking donations to the Hamburg Food Pantry, located at 202 West Martin Luther King Jr. St., in Hamburg. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.
If donors are not able to take donations directly to the food pantry, volunteers will pick up items.
Donated food items must be non-perishable foods such as canned items. Money donations are also welcome to help purchase food. During Christmas, the Hamburg Food Pantry purchases hams and turkeys so each family can have a traditional meal. Without donations for meat, most families served would be unable to afford such delicacies and would go without.
Director Mary Williams has been in charge of keeping Hamburg and Fountain Hill residents supplied with needed items for 15 years, and has had assistance from her husband Kenneth Williams for 14 years.
The food pantry staff is all volunteer.
There is no charge for food and they rely on donations to help the community.