Second Harvest Food Bank, a regional food bank which provides food for needy people throughout Stokes County, was in King Central Park last week collecting food in preparation for the summer.
“WXII has been partnering with us and we have been holding food drives every Wednesday in May,” said Second Harvest’s Joe Kilar. “We like to spread them around and get different communities involved. The food comes back with us and then we push it out into the our 18 county service area.”
Kilar said the events also helped raise awareness for the annual Food Drive Walk Second Harvest’s Chuck Harmon will be making in July.
“Chuck will be walking about 15 miles a day every day in July to raise awareness of childhood hunger,” said Kilar, noting that many kids depend on school lunches for food and do not have access tot he resource during the summer. “We are doing practice walks now to help get us in shape and we are going to try to make sure he has a partner or two on the walk at all times. It will end up being a total of 250 miles he will be walking.
Kilar said the response to last week’s drive in King had been good.
“Turnout has been terrific,” he said. “We are trying to collect as much as the community can help us with. We have set a goal of raising $300,000 for the summer because we serve about 300,000 people in our service area. Right now we have a group of donors who are matching us dollar for dollar. People can make donations on our website and we can stretch a dollar a little further than our partners because we have a larger buying power.”
He said people could also make donations at Goodwill donations centers or at any of the three food pantries in Stokes County.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.