On Saturday, Neosho residents are asked to put non-perishable food outside their doors so that volunteers with the Newton County Food Basket Brigade will come by and pick the food up for this year's Food Basket Brigade.

On Saturday, Neosho residents are asked to put non-perishable food outside their doors so that volunteers with the Newton County Food Basket Brigade will come by and pick the food up for this year's Food Basket Brigade.
According to Terry Cook, president of the Newton County Food Basket Brigade, "the community-wide pick up will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. After the volunteers pick up the non-perishable food, they will take it to the Newton County Fairgrounds where more volunteers will sort the food for our distribution day which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, also at the fairgrounds."
Thus far, between 700 to 800 families have signed up to receive the food on Saturday, Dec. 16.
"We just appreciate everyone's help, we appreciate everyone's giving, it just means so much," said Cook. "Unfortunately in Newton County, the need is there. And we want to help whomever we can."

Background information
The basic premise of the Basket Brigade is that in this land of plenty, nobody should have to go hungry at Christmas. This year’s goal of the food basket brigade is to collect 120,000 pounds of food to feed families. The food will be enough food for a traditional Christmas dinner plus basic staples to last up to two weeks for Newton County residents certified as low income, disadvantaged, disabled, and/or elderly in need of assistance. Virtually all individuals and families certified to receive food through the basket brigade are also receiving assistance from D.F.S., Economic Security Corporation, Neosho Crosslines, the Help Center and other relief agencies. This assistance is minimal, at best, and provides nothing extra for the holidays.

Important information
• Community-wide pick-up will be on Saturday, Dec. 9.
• Distribution Day will be Saturday, Dec. 16
• Snow Day will be Monday, Dec. 18
• For more information call the "Help Center" at 417-451-0884.