The Kewaunee County Health and Human Services departments have organized the seventh annual collection of healthy food items and personal hygiene products known as the “Giving for Sara Food & Hygiene Drive.”

The drive is in memory of Sara Malay, who unexpectedly passed away in October 2013 while serving as the Aging Services Unit Director for Kewaunee County.

The effort helps stock the shelves at area food pantries as well as helps community members who are in need and served by the Kewaunee County Health and Human Services departments.

“This is about putting meal on the table and providing essentials for a local family who might be having a tough time,” says Rachel Bauer, WIC, Kewaunee County Public Health Department. “The smallest donation can sometimes make the largest difference.”

The suggested list of nonperishable items to donate includes canned chicken or tuna (packed in water), canned fruit or fruit cups (packed in water or fruit juice), healthy cereal or granola bars as well as shampoo, conditioner, diapers, baby wipes, deodorant and soap. Please check the “Best Used By” dates, as expired items cannot be accepted.

Monetary donations for the “Giving for Sara Food & Hygiene Drive” can also be made. Checks should be made payable to Kewaunee County. Receipts will be available. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31 at the Kewaunee County Health & Human Services Building, 810 Lincoln St., Kewaunee, WI 54216.

For more information, call the Public Health Department at 920-388-7160.