Event: Free-Market Food Drive

What: Ranked “highly rated” by Charity Navigator, Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County is a voluntarily funded charity in downtown Fort Worth that serves more than 230,000 meals every year. UGM is independent of financing from government and the United Way.

According to its Web site, “All Mission services aim toward productive independence for each individual, regardless of gender, race, or religious beliefs.”

The plan is to walk preassigned routes in residential neighborhoods of Haltom City and collect canned food and other donations on the initial contact or later in the day. For volunteers, we will have fliers talking about UGM, some suggested donation items, and other notes. For anyone not at home or who is busy, we will have a note asking they leave their donations on their porch for pickup later in the afternoon.

Separately, we will ask to place donations bins at popular locations in the city.

The goal is to show how private charities are better able to provide relief and training to the needy and how the poor might be better taken care of in a free society.

We can meet Saturday morning at Clown Burger and walk for about two hours before eating lunch at the popular burger restaurant.

When: Aug. 14, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: Clown Burger parking lot — 5020 Stanley Keller Road, Haltom City, TX 76117