Brooklyn “Groceries for Grout” food drive

The Brooklyn volunteers operating the “Groceries for Grout” food drive in mid-November included, from left: Sarah Andrews, Melaney Dittler, Cheryl Crowe, and Kathy Orton.

It’s clear that Brooklyn residents look out for needy neighbors. Following a highly successful sock drive for the homeless – “Sock-tober”, in which over 500 pairs were collected – Brooklynites then set their sights on the Holidays with a “Groceries for Grout” drive on Sunday, November 13th. The event, sponsored by the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, was to help fill the nearby Grout Elementary School Food Pantry with food and supplies for Thanksgiving and the December holidays. The food program is set up behind Grout School at 3119 S.E. Holgate Boulevard and is offered every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and everyone who needs food is welcome.

So Brooklyn volunteers, under the leadership of Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association officer Melaney Dittler, gathered under the covered area at Brooklyn Park alongside S.E. 10th Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m. on November 13th to accept donations of canned and fresh foods, baking supplies, spices, nuts, paper towels, diapers, and even a few gift certificates to local grocery stores. Dittler was assisted by Kathy Orton, Cheryl Crowe, John Karabaic, and Sarah Andrews.