Everyone Eats Thanksgiving food drive is now accepting applications, donations

Thursday, October 4, 2012 | 3:26 p.m. CDT; updated 11:33 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

COLUMBIA — It's that time of year when many people start to think about Thanksgiving feasts. Thanks to Almeta Crayton's 15th annual Everyone Eats Thanksgiving food drive, a full meal is within closer reach for those in need.

Oct. 15 is the deadline for applications to get a Thanksgiving Day dinner or to receive a basket of food if you are unable to attend the dinner. Canned goods and dry goods are being accepted now, Crayton said. Because of space constraints, donations of other items won't be accepted until Nov. 1, Crayton said.

Donations of turkeys are encouraged, along with all of the trimmings and side dishes for a proper Thanksgiving meal. 

Crayton, a former First Ward councilwoman, has been running the event out of her own home for 12 years, according to a previous Missourian article. Although the demographics shift annually for those in need, she noticed more applications from veterans this year.

Crayton asked that Columbia-area students donate canned and dry goods, such as those in fraternity and sorority house kitchens. The more of those donations she receives, the more turkeys she can buy with cash donations.

Crayton also extended a special invitation to students who are in need and don't plan to leave town for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"They can come out and eat with us... we'll have plenty of food," Crayton said.

Applicants and donors can call Crayton at 825-5263 or pick up an application form at her home at 409 Oak St. She will be available Monday, Wednesday and Fridays starting at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at noon. Applications are also available on her front porch.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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