Almeta Crayton celebrates 'Everyone Eats'

October 17, 2011 | 5:07 p.m. CDT
Almeta Crayton sits on her porch Monday morning waiting for people to come sign up for her annual Everyone Eats food drive. Crayton, a former First Ward councilwoman, began this event about 14 years ago. The food drive includes putting baskets of food together for families, a free community meal on Thanksgiving Day and a service that brings fully cooked meals to those who cannot cook for themselves or are not capable of leaving their home to attend the free meal. Crayton said "there is no reason for a person living in America to be hungry." Crayton will be accepting cash donations, as well as food donations as the date gets closer. For last year's Everyone Eats food drive, Crayton said, about 2,000 families received food baskets and about 500 people attended the free meal Thanksgiving. "Columbia has been good to me and I'm going to be good to Columbia," Crayton said.

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