MOUNT VERNON — Christmas in July, a food fundraiser designed to support the Interchurch food pantries, fell short of the $25,000 goal on Saturday, July 14. The combined total of food and funds raised was $18,921.00 at the close of the day.
Interchurch pantries at Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown and Mount Vernon serve over 650 households monthly. Eligible households can access the pantry once every 30 days. They receive enough food to provide three meals for three days, a total of nine meals. Pantry assistance helps to bridge that “end-of-the-month” gap for many families.
Christmas in July is an opportunity for the local community to support the hungry in Knox County. It is not too late to participate in this event. Non-perishable food or monetary donations can be dropped off at any Interchurch office. Suggested donations include: boxed dinners, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna and canned chicken, spaghetti sauce and noodles, soups and personal care items. Checks should be made payable to Interchurch Social services with Christmas in July noted in the memo line and mailed to P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Remember, every dollar donated provides three meals. For more information , call 397-4825.