IGA food drive to benefit Oberlin residents in need

By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com

The holiday season is approaching fast and the needs of residents are rising.

Oberlin Community Services will hold several events in the coming months to help families in need.

Leo Braido, manager and owner of Oberlin IGA, is hosting a food donation this Saturday to help Oberlin residents. Anyone who shops at the store can purchase $5 or $10 worth of pre-stocked grocery bags and donate them to the local non-profit organization.

“I’ve done this a number of times in the past with other non-profits,” Braido said. “It’s really successful.”

He said the bags will be filled with everything needed to make a holiday meal, including vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, and gravy.

The bags will be put together by Braido and his staff prior to the event and placed behind the registers for customers to pick up.

Braido hopes to sell at least $75 worth of groceries for residents in need.

OCS handed out turkeys last year to residents for Christmas. “This year since we know the need is so great we decided to do Thanksgiving,” executive director Cindy Andrews said.

She said a boneless turkey and the groceries will be given to residents on Friday, Nov. 20.

The organization is also planning a food distribution and flu shot from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday and residents can sign up to give holiday gifts to families in need through the beginning of next week.

Andrews said last year the holiday gifts reached 339 children and 131 families and the OCS Christmas food distribution reached nearly 200 families.

OCS is has great need for protein such as tuna and peanut butter. Other items needed are soup and coats.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

By Valerie Urbanik