MCHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes donates food to Mercer County Food Pantry

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
FCA members & advisers stand behind table filled with food donated by MCHS students & staff.

The Mercer County High School chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes delivered case after case of food Friday, Nov. 20, to the Churches of Mercer County Food Pantry.

Debra VanderHeyden, the group's leader, noted the donations filled an entire table.

"There's probably 15 cases of canned goods, along with other non-perishable items," VanderHeyden said.

She said the food was donated by the MCHS student body and staff. The food drive lasted 10 days.

VanderHeyden said there are 18 members of the MCHS FCA, which is in its third year since it was started again here.

"They're leading by example," she said. "They're a great group of kids."

Sharon Lingafelter, coordinator for the food pantry, said the donations are appreciated. She said people are in a giving mood around the holidays, so the shelves of the pantry are fairly full. That can change rapidly.

"In a month, who knows?" Lingafelter said. She noted that 40 families came in for food Friday morning alone.

Donations are welcome from individuals and groups. The pantry, 1200 S. College Ave., serves all of Mercer County. There are income guidelines as to who is eligible.

The pantry is open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m.-noon Fridays.

Volunteers from a different church help each week.

"We couldn't do it without the volunteers," Lingafelter said.