The 36th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive kicked off Nov. 15 with the goal of helping thousands of people in communities served by Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and Spring Market stores.


Representatives from area service organizations and food pantries will pick up, sort, and distribute the food by Dec. 22, according to a news release.


Brookshire Grocery Co. will donate more than 20,000 roasting hens – one for each food box distributed. The boxes will contain non-perishable food items.


Store employees have assembled food grab-bags that can be purchased and donated. Monetary donations can also be made at stores, according to the release.