Posted by Gary Mosiman on Oct 09, 2020

Our last food drive for CES was a great success with over 1,100 pounds of food and supplies donated by our club. The survey of club members following that drive indicated that many of you would be interested in having ongoing, monthly food drives until such time as we can return to the food shelf and begin packing individual orders for CES clients again.

So, Jennifer Creadick and I will be heading up our next (and future) food drive initiative. She, Jean Johnson, and I will serve as drop off points for the drive.

DATES: Now through Thursday, October 29

Bring food/supplies and/or checks (payable to CES) to:

Needed Items: Here are some of the items that CES is especially short on, so these items are priorities:
  • Laundry detergent – small bottles or laundry pods
  • Dish soap
  • Maxi-pads
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Bar soap
  • Dry pinto and black beans
  • Olive oil (preferably in plastic bottles)
  • Milk alternatives (Almond, Coconut, Soy, Rice
In addition, they can always use dog and cat food, cat litter, pasta sauce, canned chicken, canned tuna, black tea, and coffee.

If you plan to bring items to any of the three of us, please call the person to whom you are delivering to let them know you’re coming.

Special Opportunity — Halloween Goodies: One of the organizations to which we provide hats and gloves each fall (thanks to your generous donations to our foundation) is called The Family Partnership (  They provide a wide range of much needed and valuable social services throughout our community.  One of their facilities is located in North Minneapolis and this year because of COVID, and to keep kids safe as an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating on Halloween they have planned a “Trunk or Treat” event.  They will line up cars in their parking lot on Friday morning, October 30 and costumed kids will be able to walk through and take Halloween items from the trunks of the cars.  They have invited us to provide the items for the kids and we have accepted the challenge.

So, if you are interested in participating in this Halloween event by donating, you may bring bags of candy, other more nutritional (but fully sealed) food items, coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, new children’s books, or any other items that you think would be appropriate and fun for kids to any of the three CES food drive collection drop off sites listed above by Thursday evening, October 29.  We will then bring them to the event the next morning.  Together, we can help The Family Partnership provide a safe and fun Halloween activity for kids on the North side.

Prize: This month’s prize for donating the most weight: a quart of Caribou Cream Pure Maple Syrup (direct from the source!)

Questions: Please call Jennifer or me if you have questions.

Thank You!