On Thursday, March 15, friends of the Zachary Food Pantry will once again host a chicken and sausage gumbo fundraiser.

Sales will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $5 per takeout order. Upon request, orders of 20 or more pre-sale gumbo lunches can be delivered at a designated time. Deliveries must be within the city limits of Zachary. Tickets can be bought in advance at the City of Zachary Utility Payment Office, 4650 Main St.

The gumbo will be cooked at the City of Zachary parking lot, 4650 Main St., by Paul Mier, of Chris's Specialty Meats and Cajun Catch, along with his volunteer team.

Zachary Food Pantry volunteers will also be on hand to collect any canned goods during the fundraiser. Any item is appreciated, but many requests have been received for high-protein items, such as peanut butter, cereal, kid-friendly foods, soups, stews and canned meat, a news release said.

"Our goal is to continue to provide a balanced meal to over 300 households and to approximately 100 elderly clients on a monthly basis. All households who receive meals must properly qualify annually according to income criteria and must reside in the Zachary Community School District boundaries. The gumbo fundraiser will certainly help, but will only fulfill a portion of the current need," said Mike Amrhein and Dale Hughes, chairmen of the 2018 Pack the Pantry Gumbo Fundraiser.

Any business interested in a sponsorship for this event can contact Amrhein at (225) 301-4677 or Hughes at (225) 572-4287. Presenting Sponsorship levels are available at $1,500, Gumbo Pot Sponsorship levels are $250 and Supporting Sponsorships are $100.

Donations may be made anytime to support the Zachary Food Pantry, P.O. Box 932, Zachary, LA 70791. The Zachary Food Pantry is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.