We are less than three weeks away from Christmas which means it's time to ramp up the food drive for the Community Food Bank.

Townsquare Media has been out collecting food donations for the food bank this fall, and the response from the public has been tremendous.

At our last outing just before Thanksgiving, we were able to collect nearly 1600 pounds of food, far exceeding the goal of 1000 pounds. Those food donations included 31 turkeys, 8 hams, and $110 in cash donations.

The food bank was able to distribute Thanksgiving dinners as well as regular food boxes for people in crisis during Thanksgiving week.

I would invite anyone who can drop by the Safeway on Patterson this Saturday (December 15) between 10 am and 3 pm. Volunteers will be distributing a list of needed items to shoppers during that time. Cash donations are also welcome. Carville's Automart, one of our food drive partners, has agreed to match cash donations about to $1000, which is a great way to multiply your donation to the food bank.

Specifically for this weekend's food drive, the food bank is requesting non-perishable food items for holiday-type meals. Turkeys and hams are not needed at this time, as the response for those items was so tremendous at Thanksgiving, they still have plenty left to distribute for Christmas.

Most of us really don't know what it's to be hungry regularly and wondering where the next meal is coming from. The Community Food Bank is able to provide food on a very temporary basis to folks who have fallen on hard times, but the food bank can only give as much as the community is willing to give them.