Throughout June, the city of Bexley is accepting donations of nonperishable items to support the nonprofit Developmental Assets Resource Network's summer food program and the area's Little Free Pantries.

Through various fundraisers and outreach programs, DARN raises money and gathers community resources to distribute to Bexley families in need.

City officials organized the food drive and will help DARN provide meals to children while school is out of session, said Councilwoman Mary Gottesman, chairwoman of City Council's Strategic Committee.

"Every week during summer vacation, DARN provides families in need with both fresh and nonperishable foods," she said.

Collection boxes are located at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St., and the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St.

Nonperishable items that are most needed include cereal; peanut butter; jelly; 100 percent apple juice; and packaged snacks such as crackers, pretzels and granola bars.

"We will take any nonperishable foods, preferably in pop-top cans or jars as well as personal care items," Gottesman said.

"(DARN) will add to that the fresh perishables. Any other foods donated will go to the Little Free Pantries," she said.

The Little Free Pantries allow individuals to place nonperishable food items in pantry boxes stationed throughout the Bexley and the Eastmoor area.

Food donations will be accepted at the collection boxes at City Hall and the library through June 29.

For more information about the drive, email Gottesman at mgottesman@bexley.org.

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