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Food Drives - Chela's


Feed Someone Else's Face For a Change

Pretend we're in a parallel universe imploding at freeway speed on an alien highway, and I'm your host Ripley, and this is a printed Food News Boise version of Ripley's Believe it or Not.

Believe it or not, I could actually produce yet another column comprised entirely of words about community dinners. I will, however, refer you to the 8 Days Out section of this fine weekly publication for all the opportunities abounding in the Treasure Valley to part you from your cash in the name of charity in an event prominently featuring comestibles of some form or other. Rather, let's focus on food charity of a similar genus, different species—that of the food drive.

Popular this time of year for the warm, fuzzy feeling they induce in the more fortunate population, food drives come out of hiding in fall to gear up for the feast of feasts on the American holiday calendar—Thanksgiving. While you're roaming the aisles of your favorite megafood store in the very near future, throw a couple foodstuffs in the basket for the less fortunate and support a food drive. Here are a few that have wandered across our radar like a gaggle of soon-to-be-cooked Christmas geese:

• Society of St. Vincent de Paul is currently soliciting donations for its 10th annual Thanksgiving Family Food Box Project. The first step for those who'd like to donate is to contact project coordinator Lorayne Russman via e-mail at or by phone at 208-331-8409. Each year, SSVD collects Thanksgiving food boxes to deliver to area families in need. Each box contains a 10- to 12-pound turkey, 10 pounds of potatoes, one large can of pumpkin, two cans each of yams, corn, peas, cranberries and green beans, a foil roasting pan, stuffing mix for the turkey, two pounds of frozen butter or margarine, two cans of evaporated milk, rolls of Quick-Roll mix and pie crust. Donors can compile boxes or contribute a $40 donation to SSVD and the organization will compile a box for you. Boxes are due by Nov. 18. Those families wishing to receive a food box may sign up at the following times and locations. St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 6464 W. State St., Nov. 7-9, 3-5 p.m.; Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Meridian, 213 N. Main St., Nov. 7-9, 3-5 p.m.; Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 811 S. Latah, Nov. 12-16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Throughout the month of November, Blaz 'N Diagnostics is hosting its "Put the Brakes on Hunger" food drive. The a Napa Auto Care Center will give away free brake pads and/or shoes (both axles if needed) to customers who donate 10 or more nonperishable food items to the Idaho Foodbank barrel at the shop. Or donate five items and you'll receive $25 off any repair (excluding oil changes). Blaz 'N Diagnostics is located at 4338 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-323-9292. For more information, visit

• And coming direct to your door to collect your nonperishable food donations will be members of The Boy Scouts of America, representing troops from Mountain Home to Ontario to McCall. Food will be collected rain or shine, snow, hail, major natural disaster, or the second coming of any major prophets, religious figures or even the return of Elvis to the proverbial building. Back to the land of the serious ... any donations the Boy Scouts pick up will be funneled through The Idaho Foodbank, the Salvation Army and the Jaycees. For a list of drop-off locations, call 208-336-9643 or 208-344-4411.

Fare Thee Well Re-dux

Locally owned State Street eateries are dying a slow death. Old wounds inflicted by the demise of the State Court Cafe have recently been producing memory pangs with the opening of Family Dollar, yet another get-your-made-in-China-goods-for-cheap emporium. Last week, we poured one out for our homies at Marly's and this week we make yet another State Street farewell salute to Chela's Mexican Grill. We hardly knew thee.