It’s November, which means it’s time for the CYCA’s annual Suzzane Striker Food Drive. This year, I wanted to remind everyone who Suzzane was, and why our food drive was named for her, so I asked June Hurt, former president of the CYCA and friend of Suzzane, to share more about her.

“Suzzane Striker was a long time volunteer and resident of Cooper Young that loved to share her love of baking with neighbors.  For many years, she delivered the LampLighter paper, provided the food for the regular CYCA meetings, and also baked delicious, Halloween-themed goodies for the winners of the CYCA Halloween Decorating Contest.  However, her greatest passion was working the Thanksgiving Food Drive benefitting the Fishes & Loaves Pantry at First Congregational Church. Every year, she hand delivered flyers to much of the neighborhood to ask for donations on the day of the food drive.  On the day of the food drive, she provided scrumptious baked treats for the pick-up drivers and church volunteers.  She felt passionate about neighbors helping neighbors and led by example, giving whatever she could, even after a cancer diagnosis in early 2011.  She lost that battle later that same year.  So, in 2012, the Cooper-Young Community Food Drive became the Suzzane Striker Memorial Food Drive.”

So, let’s honor Suzzane again this year by giving to First Congo’s Food Justice Ministry, which feeds scores of folks right here in Cooper-Young every year through a variety of programs. Giving to First Congo is super easy; you can do so through their website, or via Venmo @firstcongo-church. Just note “Striker Food Drive” when donating,

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