‘Pantry parade’ back at Ox Roast

Staff report

The “pantry parade” will take place once again during this year’s West Jefferson Ox Roast Parade.

The 65th annual Ox Roast kicks off Saturday, Sept. 5 with the traditional parade at noon. This year’s theme is “Proud to Be An American.”

Last year, the parade honored Susan Maggard, director of the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, as grand marshal. Village resident Marci Darlington, who organizes Make a Difference Day, suggested a “pantry parade” to celebrate Maggard’s hard work.

Darlington asked parade watchers to bring non-perishable food items to the parade. Volunteers pick up the donated items along the parade route.

She plans to repeat the effort this year, with a play on the theme of Ameri-CAN.

“With the theme of Proud To Be An Ameri-CAN we are going to solicit donations of canned goods from the public. ”

Darlington will be using the pantry parade to kick off her local Make A Difference Day efforts. Donors should place their non-perishables along the curb for the volunteers to pick up.

A tent will also be set up at the Ox Roast that will have information about The Good Samaritan Food Pantry and Make A Difference Day. Donations can be brought to the tent.

For questions about the “pantry parade” or Make A Difference Day in Madison County, contact Darlington at 740-490-8317 or by email at bbmarci@msn.com.



Staff report