COLUMBIA — Everyone Eats! volunteers bustled back and forth filling grocery bags with Thanksgiving dinner fixings on Monday. Although the room at St. Luke United Methodist Church was filling fast, organizers said they still didn't have enough food for everyone who needed it.
Everyone Eats!, created by former First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton, is in its 14th year. This year the food drive is short on meat and is asking for frozen turkeys and hams. There have been more than 1,500 requests for food assistance in Columbia and Boone County so far.
Besides the meat, the food bags contain butter, eggs, pies, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, potatoes and other holiday staples. The baskets are available to families in need.
Bags were delivered to senior citizens over the weekend and are available for pickup Monday, Tuesday and on Thanksgiving Day at the church.
Everyone Eats! also serves a community meal at Stephens College in Stamper Commons.
Curtis Soul helps out by driving a truck to pick up food donations. The truck was loaned — washed and gassed up — by University Subaru. Soul made a point of thanking Richard Nixon, the sales manager at the dealership.
Soul and others were helping move boxes of food donations into the church on Monday.
Food donations can be dropped off at the church, 204 E. Ash St. Checks can be sent to Crayton's home, 409 Oak St., Columbia, MO 65203. For more information, call Crayton at 825-5263.
"The Lord blesses us to be able to do this," she said.