Annual County-Wide Food Drive Now In Progress

(Rockingham County, NC) – More and more people in Rockingham County have lost their jobs, run out of their unemployment  benefits, or are facing other problems and having to turn to the food pantries throughout  the county that make food available to needy families. Some arrive as early as 5 a.m. to be sure they are in line and can get some food.

Educators talk about children coming to school hungry. Families of four share one or two cans of beans for one meal.  Parents go hungry so their children can eat. Seniors have to choose between food and medication. Veterans who came home from war with traumatic physical and mental injuries are finding it hard to provide food for themselves and their families.

Most people who aren’t faced with situations like these don’t realize it, but the food pantries and soup kitchens that provide food for hungry people in Rockingham County are having trouble keeping food on their shelves.  Some are having  to close early  and turn away people on their scheduled distribution dates. In some cases, they aren’t even opening on those days.

The annual County-Wide Food Drive for eight Rockingham County agencies is now in progress and we need your help in getting food to them to help keep their shelves stocked.  Our goal if 40,000 pounds but with some of the plants and businesses that have helped us in the past closing or reducing staffs, we are having a hard time reaching that goal this year.

Every agency has struggled to meet the demands throughout the past few months. We hope to alleviate some of their problems with a good, positive Food Drive.

We are going to need more participation this year as the needs in the community expand with the closing of Miller and Ball Corporation and the businesses that are major service providers to them.

Perhaps you will consider making a personal contribution of food or money to the food drive itself or designate it to one of the agencies.  Maybe you are a youth leader.  Could you consider having your youth conduct a food drive within your community?  Clubs and organizations also could get involved with donations or food drives. Teachers might ask each child to bring a can of food on a designated day. Ask your pastor if your church can do food drive.

Anyone not already involved in the Food Drive but who would like to donate food/money or  conduct  a drive within his or her community, organization, business or church can contact Blake Dawson at 336-432-2843 or blakedawson79@gmail.com; or Ann Fish at 336-627-1256 annsomersfish@yahoo.com.

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