Spirit of Christmas to drive in 19,000 boxes of nonperishable food for needy families

The 31st annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive will soon be complete, and Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores and partnering service groups and food pantries expect to provide a little more than 19,000 boxes of food for families in need throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.Volunteers have packed food in boxes provided by the grocery company and all will complete the distribution of those before Christmas, along with 19,000-plus coupons for a free roasting hen—also provided by BGC. Screened households receive at least one box of nonperishable food and one coupon, based on family size.The food drive ran from Nov. 14 through Dec. 19 in most areas with BGC stores setting up collection bins and selling “grab-bags” containing Food Club groceries.All contributions to the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive remain in the community in which they are collected. The donations made in Sweetwater went to the Sweetwater Goodfellows, who provide Nolan County residents in need with food and toys for the Christmas holiday.“This is our largest annual service project, and we work with a great group of organizations to help neighbors in need,” said Brookshire Grocery Co. President and CEO Rick Rayford. “Each year our store teams do a terrific job of promoting the effort and following through to make the food drive a success in their communities.”Using conservative estimates regarding the number and weight of food boxes and hens, BGC estimates the food drive accumulated donations totaling approximately 500,000 pounds this year.