2010 HOC Food Drive a success

RALEIGH The 24th annual food drive kicked off Wednesday morning to help the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

"Whatever I can do, because I have God's love, I have to share it," Raleigh resident Laura English said.

"I feel blessed with all I have and every chance I give to organizations like Salvation Army or Raleigh Rescue Mission," Raleigh resident Nicholas Gula said.

English and Gula were just two of hundreds who dropped off non-perishables from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Several volunteers also turned out to help sort and pack all the donations at locations in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Fayetteville and Wake Forest.

"We see a need with our clients and this is a chance for us to help in the community that we work and live in," said Ben Whitley with Whitley Law Firm.

"Urban Ministries serves 23,000 people a year and we really, really need the food," said Laura Ridgeway with Urban Ministries of Wake County.

The Kroger stores in Cary and in Durham actually started collecting food late last month to meet a goal of 4.2 million pounds.

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