Here’s a scary thought: Roughly 7,000 children struggle with hunger in Wayne County. United Way of Wayne County is hoping to take a bite out of hunger with a reprise of their Fill the Theater Food Drive held this spring. Donations were down compared to previous years, likely due to the impact of COVID-19 on families and grocery store stock. Despite low donations, several organizations are still serving meals or providing food boxes to individuals and families. “With this donation drive, we hope to provide a boost to our local pantries to help them get to, and through, the holidays,” said Rachel Rhodes, Community Investment and Engagement Director at UWWC.
The food drive will be held at the Paramount Theatre from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. October 28th and 29th . “UWWC appreciates the support and partnership of the City of Goldsboro and the Paramount Theatre Foundation to serve as the host site of this much needed food drive”, said Sherry Archibald, Executive Director at UWWC. The nonperishable food and paper products will be donated to local nonprofits including: The Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Community Soup Kitchen.
UWWC is encouraging donors to dress in a Halloween costume or masks and take a selfie to enter their #SpookySelfie contest. Drop-off donors are welcome. Volunteers will be wearing masks and complying with social distancing procedures.
For a full list of needed items, visit unitedwayne.org. Questions about the drive can be directed to Rachel Rhodes at 919-735-3591.