Nov. 18, 2014. The Boone Police Department is announcing its second annual food drive, which begins Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 and continues through Friday, Jan. 30.
The Boone Police Department is pleased to announce a partner in this year’s food drive. The Boone Police Department is partnering with the Watauga Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.. Both organizations are going to be working in our community striving to collect as much food as possible for the people in need in our area.
“Maintaining relationships with our community members is crucial to the Boone Police Department. It’s a vital component for being an effective and successful law enforcement agency,” said Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford.
The food collected will go to benefit the Hunger & Health Coalition here in Boone, NC. The Hunger & Health Coalition organization collects, organizes and distributes food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy families in our area. The Hunger & Health Coalition feeds approximately 800 children and elderly people every month in the Boone area. Crawford said the department believes in what this organization is doing and we want to help them.
“During our work in the community, we encounter people who as far less fortunate. We see people in all stages of life that have to worry about how to get their next meal. We cannot ignore the needs in our community and we feel led to help. Unemployment, underemployment and the ever-increasing price of goods is causing many good people to choose between their basic needs,” said Boone Police Lt. Chris Hatton.
“The Watauga County Branch of the NAACP is so pleased to offer our support to the Boone Police Department as they work towards providing healthy and nutritious food to those in our community struggling during this Holiday Season. We believe that all people deserve a place at an abundant and compassionate table. The Watauga NAACP is honored to partner with the Boone PD as we work towards a common goal of ending hunger in our community,” said Allison Jennings, branch secretary of the Watauga NAACP.
If anyone would like to support this effort they can help by donating food during this food drive. Any non-perishable food is accepted; however, there are a few items that the Hunger & Health Coalition seems to always find to be in short supply.
The following items would very much appreciated:
- Peanut Butter
- Grape Jelly
- Breakfast Cereal
- Chef Boyardee-type Canned Pasta
Food can be currently be donated at the following locations:
- Boone Police Department lobby (Beside the US Post Office).
- Boone Fire Department – Station #2 lobby (Beside the baseball fields on State Farm Road).
If any other organizations, groups or individuals would like to join our efforts, please contact Hatton at 828-268-6942.