Box blessing

Workers load Boxes of Blessing into a recipient’s vehicle last year behind Atchison Wholesale Grocery.

MGP Ingredients and local nonprofit agencies are teaming up again this holiday season to distribute food boxes to Atchison-area families in need through the “Boxes of Blessing” project. Each box contains 45 pounds of nonperishable items and will feed a family of four for a week.

The food boxes will be available, while supplies last, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, December 13, and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, December 14, in the alley south of Atchison Wholesale Grocery, 100 South 3rd Street. Cars are requested to line up on Main Street.

“‘Boxes of Blessing’ is a labor of love for all of us and we are excited to bring the program to Atchison for the sixth year,” said Michael Buttshaw, MGP’s vice president of ingredients sales and R&D. “We hope we can brighten the holiday season for members of the community.”

The project was inspired by a community program developed more than 20 years ago at B.C. Williams, a Dallas-based ingredients distributor and producer of custom mixes, bases and concentrates. “Boxes of Blessing,” initially focused on helping families in Texas and Tennessee, was extended to the Atchison area in 2014.

Partner agencies include Atchison County Food Pantry at First Christian Church; the Salvation Army of Atchison County; Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas; and Pantry of Hope; Atchison Wholesale Grocery and the Atchison Police Department.

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