Mayor's Youth Advisory Council Food Drive

UPDATED 11/16/18 -- The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council has begun their largest community service project by decorating and distributing food collection boxes to many City of Mishawaka Departments. This will be the 8th year for the Thanksgiving Food Drive and the goal this year is to provide 80 Thanksgiving Dinners to Mishawaka families in need.

Mike Hayes, Director of the Mishawaka Food Pantry, Stone Soup Community Kitchen, and Clara Davis, Community Outreach Specialist for Health Linc, provide the Youth Council with names of families in the City of Mishawaka. Youth Council members, made up of Mishawaka, Penn, and Marian High School students, collect food throughout October and November in order to provide a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. They also reach out to area business and community members to solicit monetary donations to pay for the turkeys that will be provided with the dinners. Any extra food that is received is also packed into the boxes, providing additional food for the families.

Following is a list of items, along with how many of each are needed, and the locations where food items may be dropped off:

Canned Green Beans fulfilled Mushroom Soup fulfilled
Canned Yams 50 cans   French Fried Onions 38 cans
Marshmallows 53 packs   Cranberry Sauce 48 cans
Boxes of Instant Potatoes fulfilled   Boxed Desserts 49 boxes
Cans/Jars of Gravy 64 jars   Aluminum Foil fulfilled
Boxed Stuffing 72 boxes   Foil Turkey Roasting Pans fulfilled
City Hall   Mishawaka Fire Station #4
Utilities Business Office   Water Department
Electric Department (12th St)   Wastewater
Mishawaka Police Department   Central Services


The Mayor’s Youth Council will be packing boxes on Sunday, November 18th, so all food will need to be taken to City Hall on or before Friday, November 16th. For additional information, you can contact Lou Ann Hazen or Debby Gregg, Adult Youth Council Coordinators at the Mayor’s Office, (574) 258-1601.