AlignLife of Springfield Chiropractic & Natural Health Center kicks off its annual ‘Thanksgiving in July’ food drive this week.
Following vandalism at Kumler Outreach Ministries in April AlignLife will donate any non-perishable food items it collects this month to the charity’s pantry. In 2015 Dr. Bryne Willey and his team delivered more than 800 items to the ministry donated by patients in Springfield.
Kumler Outreach Ministries provides food, hygiene products, and clothes to low-income families in the city. The food pantry, clothing ministry, and medicine program reach thousands of people each year giving them help and hope. Food items currently in demand include canned chili, peanut butter, and spaghetti sauce. The organization is also asking for donations of shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and diapers in sizes four, five, and six.
Dr. Bryne said the food pantry is typically at its busiest during the summer. “The community is always very generous at Christmas but donations are much needed all year round. In past years we have experienced an overwhelming outpour of donations from our patients, as well as their families and friends, so we are hoping to smash our previous record of 800 non-perishable items and hit the 1,000 mark for Kumler and the people it helps every day.”
Individuals or families are ordinarily referred to the food pantry via a social service agency. Food collections can be made between 9am and 12noon Monday to Friday and from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on the third Friday of each month.