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Food drive to support local families in need

Manna Ministries, a nonprofit organization in Alabaster, is teaming up with Carmeuse Longview in Saginaw to hold a food drive for those in need in Chilton, Shelby and Jefferson counties.

The food drive will take place Nov. 9-20 and will be open for donations by the public.

“We’re always looking for community partners that share in our vision of making a positive impact on the people who need it most,” Manna Ministries Director Phyllis Harbin said. “It’s terrific to see a company like Carmeuse want to get

involved with what we’re doing and look to make a difference in the lives of people in their community.”

Carmeuse Longview is a manufacturer of limestone products.

Donations should include non-perishable foods, such as canned goods, dried pasta/rice, peanut butter, etc.

“We’re excited to see not only our staff, but the entire community, come together to help out those that are in need,” said Jackie Padgett, senior environmental manager at Carmeuse Longview.

The partnership comes with the holiday season right around the corner.

Padgett said the company is excited for another opportunity to give back to the community surrounding its operations.

However, this year the pandemic has also led to some members of local communities being hit hard financially and therefore being unable to provide for families as they normally would.

“Giving back to our community has always been a priority for Carmeuse Longview,” said Jackie Padgett, senior environmental manager at Carmeuse Longview. “We recognize that many families are going through a hard time right now, and our goal through this partnership with Manna Ministries is to help make the upcoming holiday season a little easier.”

All donated items should be dropped off at Manna Ministries, located at 333 Smokey Road in Alabaster, or Carmeuse Longview, which is located at 599 Highway 31 South in Saginaw.