50 Hour Food Drive runs through Friday
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Thousands of people here in southeastern North Carolina don't have money to buy the food they need; that's why area radio stations and businesses have joined forces with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The 50 Hour Food Drive is past its halfway point at Lowe’s Foods locations in Wilmington. Businesses and area radio stations teamed up with the Food Bank to feed 53,000 people right here in our area, with 15,000 of them being children. The drive started at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, and runs through Friday morning. The Food Bank is looking for non-perishable canned food items, hygiene products, and money. Christy Simmons of Food Bank said, “There's a lot that we can do with a dollar. It still has a lot of value within our organization. For $1, we can provide four meals. That dollar in the Food Bank world equals eight dollars.” Lowe’s Foods has made it easy for people to donate with these pre-packaged bags of non-perishable food items and it only costs $5. Despite hard economic times, people are still giving. Phyllis Pinyatello, who donated food said, “Well when I sit down to eat a hot meal, it's just nice to know that I've provided for someone else.” Food donor Bill Webb added, “Just give what you can give, and be happy that your were able to give.” Last year the event provided 10,000 meals to hungry families. This year organizers hope to double that number, and are urging folks to donate year round. Simmons added, “I really want people to remember it's not only at the holidays but we're doing this year round because people are hungry all year.” The event ends Friday at 10 a.m. To donate, stop by the Lowes Foods store at 341 South College Road, or the location in Monkey Junction off Carolina Beach Road. If you can't make it there by tomorrow morning, you can always go to our area Food Bank on Marstellar Street in Wilmington.

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