Ashe Services for Aging’s Annual Canned Food drive, which ran from October through Dec. 13 collected a total of 1,898 items for county families in need.
Glenda Luther, Volunteer Coordinator with Ashe Services of Aging said that once all of the food was gathered, it was then distributed equally between the Sharing Center, Ashe Really Cares, A Safe Home for Everyone and Ashe Outreach Ministries.
As part of the drive canned food was donated at Food Lion, Lowes Food, Ingles Market, Wilkes Community College (Ashe Campus), Dollar General Store, Ashe County Public Library, Ashe Services for Aging, Ashe Optometric Eye Care, Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church, United Chemi-Con and Ashe Memorial Hospital.
The Ashe County Volunteer Initiative Program also received monetary donations that were divided equally among the food banks to help replenish their shelves as needed.
“We are wonderfully thankful for all the great work Ashe Services for the Aging provides for folks who are less fortunate throughout all of Ashe County,” Rev. Rob Brooks, Executive Director of Ashe Outreach said, “The over 2,000 people at Ashe Outreach who receive food will greatly benefit from the donated goods through this community wide effort. We pass on a wholehearted thank you to all who have given from their pantries so that families will receive a little extra this Christmas Season.”
The Ashe County Volunteer Initiative Program would like to thank the volunteers who helped, locations served as drop-off sites, local media and everyone within the county who contributed to the success of the Canned Food Drive.