Annual Stock the Pantry Food drive starts Nov. 7 | VailDaily.com

Annual Stock the Pantry Food drive starts Nov. 7

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EAGLE COUNTY —The annual Stock the Pantry Food Drive will take place the week of Nov. 7 throughout Eagle County. The food drive will include collections from area schools Friday, Nov. 11, and will culminate on Saturday, Nov. 12, when representatives from the Vail Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies join Colorado Mountain Express and Vail Resorts EpicPromise in collecting food at participating grocery stores between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day.

Donation locations are at any City Market in Eagle County, Wal-Mart in Avon, Village Market in Edwards or Ridley's Market in Gypsum. Bring food, buy food or drop off cash or a check. Tax receipts are available upon request.

Non-perishable items such as canned goods, rice, beans, pasta, cereal and juices are suggested and needed. Participants are asked to refrain from donating items stored in glass containers, items with expired dates or homemade food items.

"For nearly two decades Colorado Mountain Express has been filling local food bank pantries and supporting people in need," company vice president and general manager John Dawsey said. "We're looking forward to another successful drive this year and encourage community members to support the effort, especially as we prepare for the holiday season."

All food and cash contributions will be distributed locally to food pantries operated by the Salvation Army. For cash donations, make checks payable to "Town of Vail" with "Food Drive" in the memo line. A tax deductible letter will be mailed for each check. In Vail, cash or check donations can be dropped off at the Vail Police Department records desk through Nov. 16.

This is the 16th year for the annual food drive. 

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For more information or to volunteer to collect food at one of the locations, call Craig Westering, of the Vail Police Department at 970-479-2200 or email cwestering@vailgov.com.