Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sponsored by Eureka High School Student Council members, this annual food drive benefits area food banks.
Eureka High School’s students, staff, parents and community members donated more than 34,000 items during the 2012 canned food drive. Students worked together to sort the canned goods and other items on Friday, Nov. 9, according to a Rockwood School District spokesperson. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, what other food drives have you contributed to this year? Which food banks still need items? A local food pantry is located within the Eureka United Methodist Church. Read introductory article: Eureka Food Pantry Lends Help One regional food bank always needs assistance. Circle of Concerns' Food Pantry service covers Rockwood, Parkway and Valley Park School Districts. Its headquarters are located in Valley Park. See this relevant …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Wild West Community Gardeners at the Wildwood Family Y already are making plans for next year's bounty.
Advanced Master Gardener Dick Cone told attendees at the Wild West Community Garden's Fall Festival at the Wildwood Family Y on Saturday that if they like fresh-grown vegetables for winter, they're in luck. Following Cone's talk on "Extending the Harvest" and "The Soil Food Web," the 50-plus gardeners celebrated the fall harvest by sharing dishes and recipes. "We had a successful growing season this year despite the very hot and dry summer, and we are continuing to grow all of the fabulous cool weather crops," said Jodi Smedley, Wildwood Y's corporate wellness specialist. She said several varieties of lettuce, swiss chard, peppers, beets, carrots, radishes, kale and even some tomatoes still can be found in the Wild West Community Garden …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Lots of good-hearted folks from the Eureka area—and elsewhere—worked this weekend to help restock the Eureka Food Pantry.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A great community effort, so typical of Eureka, made Saturday's Funds4Food fundraiser at St. Mark's Lutheran Church a big success. Goodwill offerings and donations from the event all benefited the Eureka Food Pantry. Despite the high temperatures, there was a good turnout. Activities included classic cars, motorcycles, live music, a children's activity area and many food and product vendors. Two bands played at the event, including Wildwood-based "Fox Creek," a bluegrass band. A crowd favorite was the ecumenical food booth staffed by men's groups at local churches. These guys definitely know the working end of a barbecue grill, because the burgers and brats were cooked to perfection and very delicious. Local youngsters also got into the …
Monday, June 11, 2012
A fun community event with car show, bands, vendors and motorcycle ride will support one of the area's largest food pantries, which is based in Eureka. Local community leaders promise many activities to enjoy.
Funds4Food organizers will sponsor the second annual community event on June 23 to raise funds for the Eureka Food Pantry. As a free-will offering event, the day will inclue: St. Mark's Lutheran Church and School, Eureka United Methodist Church, Central Baptist Church, and the Knights of Columbus are hosting this event to be held on the grounds of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and School, which is located at 500 Meramec Blvd. in Eureka. The Eureka Food Pantry is housed within the Eureka United Methodist Church. The pantry serves 125 to 150 families per month. "If you came by last year, you know how hot it was. With our event this year in June, we hope for cooler weather. However, last year (our first event) we were still able to raise $5,500 …
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Eureka United Methodist Men give chili connoisseurs chance for fame in cook-off next Sunday. Proceeds benefit Eureka Food Pantry.
For those eager to share their best chili recipe with others and for those eager to taste chili varieties, Eureka United Methodist Men will host their 6th annual Eureka Food Pantry Chili Cook-Off next Sunday, Jan. 29. The cook-off will be held at the Eureka United Methodist Church at 215 North Central Ave. in Eureka within the Fellowship Hall located on the south side of the church. Wes Sir, Eureka United Methodist Men member, said there is a $10 fee for competitors to enter the event. Chili makers should plan to arrive at 4 p.m. Organizers will provide cups, bowls and spoons. Contestants supply all other items. Sir said they have limited space, so participants are taken on a first-come-first-served basis. "Last year, we had over 25 …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Reminder: This Saturday, area scouts will make their ways back through subdivisions and places to which they dropped off "Scouting For Food" bags this weekend. Donations should be canned, boxed or in plastic containers.
Saturday is a chance to give back to the community on the eve of the Thanksgiving season by donating food items to the Scouting For Food program, which is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Ron James, a Boy Scout leader for several decades and Wildwood resident, said this food donation initiative actually started in St. Louis and then spread to other Scouting councils throughout the United States. Since Scouting For Food's launch in 1985 in the St. Louis area, more than 43 million pounds of items have been collected. "I always remind my Scouts that when they sit down to a great Thanksgiving meal to remember that they helped someone else to have a good meal as well," said James. All the food picked up in Wildwood …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Eureka's Food Pantry got a supply of fresh produce Tuesday, courtesy of the last bounty of the season from the Wildwood Family Y's Wild West Community Garden.
Jodi Smedley who heads corporate wellness for the Wildwood Family YMCA, now also called The Y, dropped off the remaining fresh produce yielded by the organization's community garden to Eureka's Food Pantry on Tuesday. Donated produce included lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, and four different varieties of peppers. Called 'Wild West Community Garden,' Smedley said she believed growing and sharing healthy foods was a very worthwhile endeavor. "We're looking forward to making the Eureka Food Pantry one of our primary places to donate to next spring," she said. Each Y participating gardener paid a $25 annual fee to help cover setup costs. Read articles about the Y's 5,000-square-foot garden: Smedley said the pantry's volunteer coordinators …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A sizable financial donation was presented to the Eureka Food Pantry Tuesday evening, as a result of a first-ever event conceived by and recently hosted by a group of Eureka community leaders.
A grassroots, community effort that recently bolstered the Eureka Food Pantry just as it was running dangerously low on supplies started out as a scheduled motorcycle ride among friends who thought they could "pass the hat" afterward to help the cause. But when the men asked themselves if they could and should do more to help the pantry, the resulting offshoot was a 'Funds4Food' Car Cruise, Bike Ride and Concert Benefit held July 23 at St. Mark's Church in Eureka. The gathering was hosted by three area churches and a community leader organization: St. Mark's Lutheran Church and School, Eureka United Methodist Church, Central Baptist Church and Knights of Columbus. Sacred Heart of Eureka church congregants also contributed toward the cause…
Monday, July 18, 2011
Dedicated volunteers hope to expand hours in the future to meet need.
For an organization that’s based in what its director describes as “basically a large closet,” Eureka’s Food Pantry has an impact far greater than one might expect. “Food is not going to save anyone,” said Audrey Bell, the food bank’s director and chief volunteer. “We’re trying to lend a helping hand to families in need.” Located in space donated by Eureka United Methodist Church, the food bank serves an average of 100 to 115 families a month who live in Eureka and the surrounding area. Clients are asked to provide proof of residence when they visit. The food bank depends solely on donations. “We get most of our food donations from the food drives held by the Boy Scouts and by Eureka High School in the fall, and donations of personal care …
Saturday, June 11, 2011
All proceeds from the July 23 event, which will be hosted by St. Mark's Lutheran Church, will benefit the Eureka Food Pantry.
Three churches are banding together to benefit the Eureka Food Pantry through a car and motorcycle show, per the approval received from the Eureka board of aldermen Tuesday evening. The show will be hosted July 23 by St. Mark's Lutheran Church on the parking lot at 500 Meramec Blvd. Wes Sir, Ward 1 board of alderman, made the appeal to fellow aldermen on behalf of hopeful organizers at St. Mark's, Eureka United Methodist Church and Central Baptist Church. Sir said the rock and roll nostalgia band, Sh-Boom, would be playing. He said they also are looking for other, local bands to play from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages served will be hot dogs, brats, soda and water; no alcohol will be included. He said event participation will …