Thanks to donations to Massac County High School Student Council’s seventh annual food drive, 200 families will be fed this holiday season.

Food boxes are distributed to families of school-age children in the nine schools of the Joppa-Maple Grove and Massac Unit 1 school districts who are in need of help during the holidays. Student Council sponsor Faith Jones-Finnan said this year’s drive not only provided fixings for a Christmas meal, but also some extra food to help during the holiday break.

The council held food drives, sold butter braids and received donations to provide assistance for the families.

The food drives

were conducted Dec. 4 at Big John Grocery, Family Dollar and the 10th Street Dollar General. Jones-Finnan said, “We did excellent at all three spots,” collecting green beans, corn, canned yams, macaroni and cheese, stuffing mix, bread mix, dessert mix, canned fruit and instant potatoes.

In conjunction with the drive, local industries also assisted. Honeywell bought half the hams. LafargeHolcim and Cook Coal provided donations that paid for the rest of hams this year. Big John obtained and sold the hams at cost to the council.

“A very special

thank you to Honeywell, LafargeHolcim, Cook Coal, Big John, Family Dollar and Dollar Store,” Jones-Finnan said. “Also thank

you to the Student Council and all the adults who volunteered to help.”

In addition, Jones-Finnan also recognized Honeywell for its assistance during the Thanksgiving holiday

“Thank you to Honeywell. They provided 50 families in Massac County a complete Thanksgiving meal. Thank you for giving back to your community,” she said.

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