As we begin to experience the caress of winter’s chill, I think back to a perfect spring day when a group of LN staffers joined Food Outreach’s ‘cook and pack’ volunteers. Our experience was nothing short of uplifting: We knew that the time spent packaging baked chicken, roasted pork, shrimp and grits, and fruit salad would mean a nutritious meal for someone who needs it.

Food Outreach is this year’s beneficiary of the Ladue News Holiday Wish List Drive. Every winter, Food Outreach sees an increase in need. Yet, executive director Greg Lukeman tells me the organization remains steadfast in its mission to provide nourishment to those living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. This, despite a continued growth in the number of clients and a drastic decrease in federal funding.

The Food Outreach Wish List includes electric can openers, blenders and canned food items like tuna (in water), salmon and mandarin oranges. To see the complete list, visit We will have collection bins at Ladue News (8811 Ladue Road in the Colonial Marketplace) to receive donations through Monday, Dec. 23.