By Todd Cohen
The Winston-Salem-based Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and Greensboro Urban Ministry have teamed up with Wachovia and First Union branches in the Triad to collect nonperishable food.
People participating in the month-long Third Annual Summer Harvest Food Drive, which ends Aug. 15, can drop off donations at 53 Wachovia and First Union branches in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and in Archdale, Asheboro, Clemmons, Jamestown, Kernersville, Lexington and Thomasville.
With the merger of Wachovia and First Union, the number of branches has nearly doubled from last year’s campaign, when the drive collected 10,000 pounds of food at Wachovia branches – double the amount collected in 2000.
While the national school lunch and breakfast program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture feeds 26,000 low-income children in Guilford County and 17,600 in Forsyth County during the school year, a similar USDA program does not reach as many youngsters during the summer.
“The agencies we support have increased needs in the summer,” says Jenny Moore, marketing and community relations director for the Food Bank, which distributes 6 million pounds of donated food a year to 400 agencies in 18 counties that feed needy people, including 67,000 who need emergency food assistance.
The Food Bank also is pushing to reach its $1.8 million goal for a capital campaign to finance expansion of its 34,000-square-foot facility to 62,000 square feet.
The Food Bank aims to reduce the cost of storing food in other locations, serve more agencies and deliver more food.