Mingo Easter food basket is program ramping up

EASTER BASKETS — The staff and volunteers of Mingo Social Services are getting ready again to make the holidays a little brighter for low-income families in the area. Preparing for their annual Easter food basket event are, from left, seated, Judy Eddy, Sophie Schoolcraft and Kathleen Brockway; and standing, Jim McClung, D’Andre “Champ” Harper, Denise Benington and Harry Brockway. -- Amy Neeley

MINGO JUNCTION — Mingo Social Services is getting ready for its Easter food basket distribution on April 17.

Sophie Schoolcraft, Mingo Social Services director, said the baskets for low-income families will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

Schoolcraft said more than 300 baskets will be given away.

According to organizers, the food baskets will contain meat items, like ham and chicken; canned goods; dessert items; cereal and gift cards. Riesbeck’s and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center will be providing food items.

“We have been doing this for over 40 years” Schoolcraft said.

“It’s probably closer to 50,” volunteer Kathleen Brockway added.

Schoolcraft said donations for the food baskets come from a variety of organizations and from current and former residents. She said that for past events, she has been overwhelmed with the support for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter baskets.

“It is so nice that people remember Mingo,” Schoolcraft said.

Wheeler Funeral Home made a donation. The United Way of Jefferson County also provides funding.

“I want to thank all the volunteers who go out and get the food and help on the day of distribution,” Schoolcraft said.

Students from the Indian Creek Local School District help on distribution day.

Schoolcraft said a number of area churches also provided donations including Harmony Methodist Church, St. Agnes Catholic Church and St Andrew’s Orthodox Church.

People wanting to make cash or food donations can contact Schoolcraft at (740) 535-1072 or mail donations to Mingo Junction Social Services, 501 Commercial St., Mingo Junction, OH 43938.