Mayor's Youth Advisory Council Food Drive

The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council has begun their largest community service project by decorating and distributing food collection boxes to many City of Mishawaka Departments. This will be the 9th year for the Thanksgiving Food Drive and the goal this year is to provide 85 Thanksgiving Dinners to Mishawaka families in need.

Mike Hayes, Director of the Mishawaka Food Pantry, Stone Soup Community Kitchen, and Clara Davis, Community Outreach Specialist for Health Linc, provide the Youth Council with names of families in the City of Mishawaka. Youth Council members, made up of Mishawaka, Penn, and Marian High School students, collect food throughout October and November in order to provide a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. They also reach out to area business and community members to solicit monetary donations to pay for the turkeys that will be provided with the dinners. Any extra food that is received is also packed into the boxes, providing additional food for the families.

Following is a list of items, along with how many of each are needed, and the locations where food items may be dropped off:

Canned Green Beans 170 cans Mushroom Soup 170 cans
Canned Yams 85 cans   French Fried Onions 85 cans
Marshmallows 85 packs   Cranberry Sauce 85 cans
Boxes of Instant Potatoes 170 boxes   Boxed Desserts 85 boxes
Cans/Jars of Gravy 125 jars   Aluminum Foil 85 packs
Boxed Stuffing 170 boxes   Foil Turkey Roasting Pans 55 pans
City Hall   Water Department
Utilities Business Office   Wastewater
Electric Department (12th St)    
Mishawaka Police Department    

The Mayor’s Youth Council will be packing boxes on Sunday, November 24th, so all food will need to be taken to City Hall on or before Friday, November 22nd. For additional information, you can contact Lou Ann Hazen or Debby Gregg, Adult Youth Council Coordinators at the Mayor’s Office, (574) 258-1601.