One-day food drive benefits Community Food Connection

The Community Food Connection of Blount County and the National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 16th annual one-day food drive on Saturday, May 10.

Lisa Blackwood, president of the community food connection, said the one-day food drive brought in 40,000 pounds of food last year. Due to growing demand, the food connection needs to greatly exceed last year’s total.

The number of families and people who visit the food connection has increased significantly. In March 2008, they fed 60 new families, compared to March 2007 when it fed six new families. The group also fed 700 more people in March 2008 then in March 2007.

“We are really counting on community participation in the food drive,” said Blackwood. “Cash and food donations are down, and we have more people in need of assistance.”

The letter carriers and Community Food Connection volunteers will pick up non-perishable food items beside residents’ mailboxes in Alcoa, Louisville, Maryville, Walland, Friendsville, Rockford and Townsend. Residents who would like to participate should place non-perishable food items beside their mailbox by 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. Suggested non-perishable food donations include, but are not limited to: canned items, including vegetables, meats, fruits and meals, plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, cereal and crackers.

“This year’s food drive comes at an important time of the year because school kids will soon be on summer break,” said Blackwood. “We tend to see a rise in demand for food when summer breaks arrive because kids no longer receive their free or reduced lunches from school.”

Cash donations are also accepted in lieu of food items and should be made to the Community Food Connection of Blount County, Inc., P.O. Box 786, Alcoa, TN 37701.

For more information about the one-day food drive, please contact the community food connection at 865-977-4400.

The Community Food Connection (CFC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization. It was started in 1991 under the direction of the Blount County Ecumenical Action Council and many Blount County churches and citizens. The purpose of the food connection is to provide emergency food to anyone in need. The food connection is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located at 1402 East Broadway in Maryville.

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