• Michelle Hebert

Tallahassee Democrat hosts annual Blanket Day and Food Drive

On Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, starting at 8 a.m., trucks and volunteers will be ready to collect donated items at the Tallahassee Democrat office building, located on Magnolia Drive, near East Tennessee Street.

This year, the Tallahassee Democrat is partnering with Second Harvest of the Big Bend for the event. 107,000 people in 11 surrounding counties, including Leon, experience food insecurity, and over 25,000 of those people are children, according to Rick Minor, CEO of Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

Blankets and nonperishable food items are accepted. If someone doesn’t have any food or blankets to donate, they are given the option to write a tax-deductible check to either Catholic Charities or Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported, “a $25 donation to Second Harvest of the Big Bend provides 100 meals to hungry families in our community.” Food donations are also accepted, but the Second Harvest says that cash donations go much further.

People can go to the Blanket Day and Food Drive and not even have to get out of their car; you can just drive up, and people will get your donated items out of your car. Doughnuts and coffee are available to enjoy.

This Saturday is also the day for people to drop off cookies for the Democrat’s annual cookie contest. The winner of the contest gets his or her recipe posted on Christmas Day.