Mayor's Youth Advisory Council Food Drive

UPDATED 11/21/19 3:40PM

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:

UPDATED 11/21/19 3:40PM

Canned Green Beans  --  Mushroom Soup 12 cans
Canned Yams 30 cans   French Fried Onions 45 cans
Marshmallows 54 packs   Cranberry Sauce 4 cans
Boxes of Instant Potatoes 94 boxes   Boxed Desserts 41 boxes
Cans/Jars of Gravy 33 jars   Aluminum Foil 63 packs
Boxed Stuffing  --    Foil Turkey Roasting Pans 40 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.