Heart of Carolina Food Drive underway

Please help us feed the hungry this year
November 22, 2013 5:22:49 PM PST
The annual Heart of Carolina Food Drive kicked off Friday. The goal is to collect six million pounds of food to get families through the holidays and beyond.

The two-and-a-half week effort will benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina.

ABC11 is a proud sponsor along with Kroger, CenturyLink, and the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood.

Organizers say the need is great. Many are struggling financially.

"Individuals who just more and more are not finding a way to make ends meet and coming up short at the end of the month," explained Peter Werebicki with the Foodbank of Central and Eastern NC. "The number every year seems to be outrageous, but the community realizes the situation and digs deep and finds something."

The drive is already off to a great start. ABC11 parent company Disney has donated $30,000.

In addition to cash, the food banks are also looking for staples like canned veggies, peanut butter, canned tuna, and other non-perishable food that will then be distributed to partner agencies that give the food to needy individuals - many of whom are children.

Click here for more information on what's needed and drop-off locations

In Fayetteville, many young military families need help.

"Anyone starting out new in any job has to start out working hard and earn that salary, earn those benefits and grow within that career. But starting out, it's always tough for anyone," said Ron Pringle with Second Harvest Food Bank.

The drive wraps up December 11 with a massive last-day effort across the Triangle and in Fayetteville. There will be drive-through locations in five different places.

Please give what you can and help us make this year's drive a success.

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