The Well Outreach is seeking individuals, families, small groups, churches, and businesses to help provide food to those in the Spring Hill/Thompson’s Station/College Grove/Northern Columbia community through a couple of different Fall holiday activities.
For Halloween, The Well Outreach is asking groups to collect non-perishable items that will then be distributed to those who are hungry in our area through The Well’s food pantry.
“Any type of group can do this – youth groups, life groups, sports teams, scout troops, school clubs, families, or just a group of friends who want to help others and have a good time,” says Alison Worden, executive director.
Through the sign-up form that is accessible through The Well’s website at SpringHillWell.org, groups can select area subdivisions that they pledge to canvas. Participating groups will receive “Trick or Treat ~ What’s to Eat?” sticker ID badges and flyers that can be pre-distributed to let those in the neighborhood know that they plan to come back to collect food. The flyers contain a list of The Well’s current high-needs food items.
Trick or treating for food doesn’t have to take place on Halloween night, but is fine anytime the week of Oct. 25 to Oct. 31. Groups are encouraged to dress up in appropriate (not too scary) costumes, but it isn’t required. Groups are asked to bring in their collected food to The Well by Nov. 11.
For Thanksgiving, the Well is once again putting together Thanksgiving meal bags for 100 families to be able to prepare a full Thanksgiving meal. Once assembled, the bags will contain a turkey, rolls, pie, gravy, cranberry sauce, applesauce, a box of potato flakes, ingredients for classic green bean casserole, ingredients for corn pudding, a foil roaster pan, 2 foil square pans, a package of Thanksgiving/Fall napkins, and a package of sturdy dinner-sized plates.
Besides seeking families and groups to sponsor items for the bags, The Well needs volunteers for receiving items, assembling the bags, and distributing them in several different time slots prior to Thanksgiving. Sign-ups for donating items and volunteering can be accessed through The Well’s website at www.SpringHillWell.org. There are items in smaller increments for individuals and families to sponsor and larger increments for larger groups.
The bags will be distributed on Monday, Nov. 20, and clients of The Well will need to come into The Well to sign up to receive one of the 100 meals.
The Well operates a food pantry that is open four mornings and two evenings every week serving Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, College Grove, and northern Columbia. They also hold several mobile food pantries throughout the year serving the greater area as well as coordinate the JetPack program at 14 area elementary, middle, and high schools in conjunction with community sponsors, sending home around 367 Jetpacks filled with food each weekend.