The 31st annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive at participating Brookshire’s, including the Glen Rose grocery store, and Super 1 Foods stores are being accepted as the holiday effort moves into its third week.

The food drive provides food for tens of thousands of families in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The grocery stores partner with service organizations, food pantries and other volunteer groups to collect and distribute non-perishable food to those who need assistance.

In Glen Rose, the Lions Club spearheads the collection effort, which benefits families who receive assistance from the Somervell County Food Bank.

Local store manager Bobby Taylor said he has been in Glen Rose since April 2008, and he sees the collection box filled many times each year. He said the community proves to be a giving one, concerned with helping neighbors in need.

On Tuesday, sacks of non-perishable foods items had the collection box filled to capacity. Those donations will be removed from the box to make way for addition contributions as the campaign continues.

"We just help facilitate the food drive, it's our customers and the Lions Club that make it all possible," Taylor said.

Tyler-based Brookshire Grocery Company also donates a coupon for a free roasting hen to go with each box of food distributed during the holiday season.

A collection bin is set up near the store's registers for customers to donate loose grocery items or drop off purchased “grab-bags” containing non-perishable Food Club products. Items accepted include can meats and vegetables, soups, dry beans, rice, pasta, sugar, flour, peanut butter, cereal, can fruits and dessert mixes, to name a few. Items that are homemade, in glass containers or perishable are not accepted.

The food drive began in mid-November and will continue through the middle of the month.