Food pantries, clothing drives and other charity-based events all focus on the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The question becomes, what happens the other eight months of the year for those organizations?

Melissa Middle School Student, Judson Greer, has again decided his service project for the Education in Action Leadership Council is to help restock the Melissa Food Pantry (MFP) for the second year in a row. His first year was a great success and truly impacted the weekly needs of the recipients of the MFP.

After discussing the updated needs of the Pantry with MFP Director and Pastor with the United Methodist Church of Melissa Stacey Piyakhun, he has learned their “Hot List” has changed a little this year. The MFP typically has supplies on hand that will last for about one to two months. These include many of the typical vegetables of green beans, corn and peas. The MFP will accept all non-perishable donations that are unexpired, but this year their immediate needs that are really low are in the following areas: jelly — no glass jars, canned fruit, evaporated milk and 1-pound bags of rice or beans.

The success of last year’s project fell completely to the generous donations of the Melissa area residents. The drop-off locations are the same as last year. There are boxes at the entrance of the Melissa Public Library in Melissa City Hall and just inside the front door of the Melissa Fire Department. For those who want to help but can’t make a donation drop-off location, email to have a pickup scheduled in the Melissa/Anna area.

Judson said he appreciates any assistance in this endeavor, and hopes residents will help him provide another successful donation to the MFP.