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Share provides food for those in need

If you’re planning to sit down to a holiday feast with your family, it never hurts to Share in your good fortune.
The Standard is currently accepting donations for its annual Christmastime food distribution called Share A Christmas Dinner.
The program, started in 1981, has ballooned in size over the years. It was the Nov. 20, 1981 edition of the Standard when an upstart program was announced to the community.
Share A Christmas Dinner was unveiled and billed as a food program to help those less fortunate over the holidays. Based on newspaper articles at that time, organizers didn’t know what to expect from the first-year event in terms of donations or food box requests.
Standard employees were pleasantly surprised to receive right at $2,000 that first year, enough money to pay for food boxes to feed 103 families.
Both those numbers are small by today’s standards. Last year, the Standard received $20,063 in donations and fed 625 families. Each food box – packed with enough for an extravagant Christmas meal – costs around $32.
Since its inception, the list of families in need of a food box has been generated by the Department of Human Services. This year, the list includes some 800 families.
“So far we have enough money to feed just over 300 families,” said Standard publisher Patricia Zechman. “But we’re confident donations will start to pick up. Warren County residents always rise to the challenge.”
Warren County High School’s Interact Club has helped the Standard from the start. Interact Club members pack the food in assembly line fashion. The boxes include a chicken, a dozen eggs, milk, rolls, bread, cornmeal, celery, canned vegetables, and cake mix, among other items.
Donations can be mailed to Southern Standard, attention Share, P.O. Box 150, McMinnville, Tenn., 37111. They can also be brought by the newspaper office at 105 College Street.

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