URBANA — When it comes to foods that can easily fill a grocery sack and an empty stomach, it's tough to beat a package of good ol' mac and cheese.
So the residents of a local assisted-living community are asking Champaign-Urbana's help in their quest to provide a lot of macaroni and cheese for the Food for Seniors program, which provides groceries to needy seniors in the two cities.
The mac-and-cheese food drive is being conducted by residents of Prairie Winds in Urbana, and they're both contributing to it themselves and asking Champaign-Urbana residents to contribute any kind of macaroni-and-cheese products or cash to buy some. All donations will go to Food for Seniors, said Margaret Seggebruch, Prairie Winds' marketing director.
"We want to give back to the seniors in the Champaign-Urbana community," she said.
Some of the residents live on a low income themselves, she said, so she chose macaroni and cheese as a lightweight, portable item that they could afford to contribute.
Robbie Edwards, coordinator of the Food for Seniors program, said senior volunteers deliver groceries twice a month to about 220 seniors in need of food.
Macaroni and cheese is a prized item in grocery sacks because it's easy to fix and lasts a long time, she says.
"We always appreciate any donation, and this is wonderful," she said.
Here's how the local community can help Prairie Winds residents add to their macaroni-and-cheese food drive:
— Bring donations of macaroni and cheese (any type of packages) or money to make macaroni-and-cheese purchases to Prairie Winds, 1905 Prairie Winds Drive, U, from Aug. 20-25.
— Contribute a purchase of macaroni and cheese to the Prairie Winds Food for Seniors collection box at County Market on 1819 S. Philo Road from Aug. 20-25.
This County Market store will be selling macaroni and cheese at a reduced price of two boxes for $1 to help with the collection.