SOS food drive

To date, the Daughters of the King, Esther Chapter, at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Lecanto have donated/collected approximately 1,200 to 1,400 pounds of food each month to benefit the SOS food pantry. 

In this photo, from left to right: Jessie Ballou, behind Jessie is Sue Guth, Cathy Allen Yvonne Furman, Marilyn Stokes, and Deacon Gail Towell.

The Esther Chapter of the Daughters of the King at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Lecanto is asking for food donations to benefit SOS food pantry, which feeds more than thousands of families in Citrus County.

The monthly drive-thru food donation collection is the third Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 West Norvell Bryant Highway (County Road 486), Lecanto.

"June’s food drive will mark one full year of delivering food to SOS food pantry,” said Cathy Allen, Esther Chapter president.

To date, they have donated/collected approximately 1,200 to 1,400 pounds each month. 

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Allen added, "SOS still struggles each week to feed the hungry." 

The donation drop-off is at the portico entrance at the church.

The food collected on Tuesdays is taken to SOS on Wednesday in time for distribution on Thursday.

Also, coolers will be on hand to store refrigerated or even frozen items.

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