Tickets are on sale for $5 and can be purchased from the mayor’s office, 4700 Main St.
One-hundred percent of all proceeds from the gumbo sale will go directly to the Zachary Community Food Pantry.
Paul Mier of Chris’s Specialty Meats and Cajun Catch will be on-site cooking the gumbo.
The Pack the Pantry community challenge brings together representatives from the City of Zachary, Zachary Community School District, Zachary Men’s Club, Rotary Club of Zachary, Legendz Sports Academy and many area businesses to help feed the needy.
All donations will remain in the local food pantry and will benefit families in the Zachary community.
Zachary Rotarians will be volunteering today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to fill the gumbo bowls for those who have purchased tickets or for those who have ordered gumbo 'to go.'
Gumbo delivery is available today to local businesses with orders of 10 or more.
Legendz sports teams will also be volunteering with the collections.
In addition to the gumbo sale, students from Zachary schools have been competing to see who can collect the most canned goods to 'pack the pod.'
Donations are being delivered to the large food pantry pod currently located in the parking lot next to the City Hall Annex building.
Residents are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the pod throughout the day Friday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m and on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. - noon.
On Saturday, those bringing five canned goods or more will receive a free sausage poboy from Mike Breaux, owner of PODS Containers.
Area Boy and Cub Scout Troops have been donating items to the pod all week.
The Zachary Fire Department has been visiting elementary schools in their fire trucks this week collecting canned goods as well.
Mayor David Amrhein and the City of Zachary has issued a challenge to Mayor Mac Watts and the City of Central to see which city can collect the most food during the food drive. The loser will have to wear a City of Zachary or City of Central t-shirt/hat to a future City Council meeting.
Also, be sure to look for the PODS container at the annual Christmas parade and City Open House event on Saturday, Dec. 15. Canned goods will be still be accepted at that time.
The new Zachary Food Pantry is slated to open over the Christmas holidays, and the City of Zachary plans to pack the pantry!
“With fundraisers such as these, the Zachary Community Food Pantry is able to provide much-needed food for the hungry in our area,” said Mayor David Amrhein.
The food pantry broke ground in September on a new $300,000 facility on property donated by the Zachary Men’s Club
The new facility measures about 3,000 square feet and will offer a waiting area and three offices for food pantry staff to "better serve families in our area," Amrhein said.
The Zachary Food Pantry serves over 200 families in the Zachary community and the Town of Slaughter each month.
Be sure to get your tickets for the gumbo sale, and help Zachary 'Pack the Pantry' Nov. 16-17.