By CHERIL VERNON
In order to help a local food bank provide food for the community, Encompass Home Health and Dogwood Trails Assisted Living are teaming up for the annual Indian Taco Food Drive on Friday.
Indian taco plates will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Dogwood Trails Assisted Living. Admission is four canned goods per person, which will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Palestine.
“The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are a time of giving and people here in our community need help,” Dogwood Trails Assisted Living Activity Director Debbie Wesson told the Herald-Press. “We want to collected canned goods and non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul. Together as a community we can help.”
St. Vincent de Paul board president Linda Willett recently asked the community for assistance in keeping its food pantry ministry going, having served families in Anderson County for 16 years, due to increased number of clients and food costs.
In October, St. Vincent de Paul served 523 families who received food assistance for a total of 3,967 people, including 2,900 children.
“We have a lot of children and a lot of single parent families as well as a lot of elderly needing assistance,” Willett told the Herald-Press recently. “We service all of Anderson County, not just Palestine.”
The Indian taco meal is the brainchild of Wesson, who has attended Navajo pow-wows in the past where the Indian tacos were served.
“If you have never tried them, you have to come out Friday, you are guaranteed to love them,” Wesson said. “Those who have tried it already love it and ask me throughout the year when we will be serving them again.
“It's fried Indian bread with the usual taco seasoned meat and beans,” Wesson said. “We will have all of the fixings for it including lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese and sour cream.”
Also during the event, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 991 and its Associates of VVA will be in attendance to assist with the event. The veteran organization will be taking cash donations to bring the Vietnam Traveling Wall back to Palestine in May 2014.
In addition, items can be dropped off for the Senior Christmas Drive that Dogwood Trails Assisted Living is working on in conjunction with other local groups.
Dogwood Trails Assisted Living is located at 1625 W. Spring St.
For information about the Indian Taco Food Drive, call 903-373-8639.