Service organizations kickoff SERVE’s Harvest for Hunger

Photo courtesy Mary Ann Beahon Diane Henry, client services lead for SERVE, looks on as Kiwanis president Jennifer Helfert-Joiner, Rotary president Stephanie Vollmer and Optimists president Brian Price kick off the tri-club food drive for SERVE.

SERVE's annual Harvest for Hunger food drive kicked off Thursday morning at the Playhouse Cafe, with representatives from three local organizations in attendance.

Approximately two dozen representatives of Rotary, Kiwanis, and Breakfast Optimists attended the event, according to a release.

The clubs are joining together for Harvest for Hunger to collect canned goods and non-perishable items.

This year's food drive is the second time the three service organizations have teamed together by challenging each other to see which can gather the most food.

The first time the groups participated in the food drive resulted in over two tons of food donated to SERVE.

SERVE is hosting the food drive in September as part of Hunger Action Month.

Callawegians are encouraged to donate food to help fill the shelves of SERVE's food pantry.

Some of the most requested pantry staples are in low supply. These pantry staples include canned meat, canned soup, pancake and cornbread mix, ravioli, peanut butter, mac and cheese, ramen, diced tomatoes, noodles, boxed potatoes and stuffing, and complete boxed meals like hamburger and tuna helper, a release states.

Food donations can be dropped off at barrels at Ohana's Pizzeria (61 West 2nd Street). Food can also be dropped off at SERVE (4901 County Road 304) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donations can be labeled to indicate which service organization is being supported.

Monetary donations are also accepted for the food drive. To learn more, visit