PHOTO GALLERY: Almeta Crayton
By Missourian staff/ file images
October 9, 2013 | 10:16 a.m. CDTAlmeta Crayton, a community activist and former councilwoman, died Monday, Oct. 21. She was 53.
Almeta Crayton talks to participants in her Everyone Eats program before they picked up their food baskets at the St. Luke's United Methodist Church on Monday. Crayton says more than 400 low-income families have signed up this year to receive their basket of food for Thanksgiving. There also will be a Thanksgiving dinner at Stephens College on Thursday. | Kile Brewer
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. | Ally Appelbaum
From left, Dr. Johnette Morrison, Almeta Crayton and Dr. K.C. Morrison engage in an animated conversation during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gala Celebration at Memorial Union on Monday. Later that evening, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee of the University of Missouri honored Crayton with an award for her dedication to the community of Columbia. | Jakob Berr
First Ward City Council incumbent Almeta Crayton, shown here at a forum with the First Ward candidates on Feb. 23, has three challengers for her seat this year after running unopposed during her two previous re-election campaigns.
| ALEX LEWIS
| ALEX LEWIS
A woman wipes a smudge of flour from Almeta Crayton's face while she rests in the kitchen of Stephens College's Stamper Commons on Wednesday afternoon. Crayton organizes the annual Everyone Eats Thanksgiving meal. | Greg Kendall-Ball
Almeta Crayton talks to volunteers before getting a plate of food at the annual Poor People's Breakfast on Monday. Crayton hosts the free breakfast on Martin Luther King Day for all residents of Columbia and Boone County at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. | Kile Brewer