Food drive set Saturday at Marvin’s

Published 12:05 am Thursday, October 15, 2015


The demand for food at the Christian Service Center continues to rise, and one local business is stepping up to the plate to help assist in meeting the need.

Marvin’s will host a food drive from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Saturday.

There will also be a car show.

Those who donate non-perishable food items can choose to give to the Alabama or Auburn side.

Leroy Cole, church and community ministries director for the Covington Baptist Association, which runs the CSC, said the organization is poised to provide 400,000 pounds of food this year.

That’s a number that keeps growing – just two years ago, the ministry provided 279,000 pounds and an estimated 246,000 pounds of food in 2012.

Cole said each month the organization gives five pounds food per person in the family.

Cole said the ministry, which received food from the Bay Area Food Bank, is open to local residents.

“People have to be income eligible,” he said. “They can come in and interview and get food once a month.”

Eligible families can pick up their food Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“We need donations constantly,” he said. “The food bank in Mobile helps immensely, but when the local community steps up, we get a better mix.”

Cole said with the increased volume of need this year, it’s hard to keep up with the demand.

“This will greatly help us out,” he said.

Cole said the ministry can especially use items like beans, rice, Hamburger Helper, canned vegetables, Spaghetti O’s, canned spaghetti, ravioli, canned meats and the like.

Cole said there will be nice door prizes given away, as well, on Saturday.

Cole also said that shoppers at the Christian Service Center are vital to the food program, and any donations of clothing and furniture are welcomed.