Press release from Children First/Communities In Schools:
WLOS News 13, Carolina Furniture Concepts, and Two Men & a Truck are hosting the sixth annual Break the Hunger food drive to help keep kids from going hungry during summer break. The station is asking viewers
to bring non-perishable food items on Friday, June 8, to Carolina Furniture Concepts at 100 Airport Road between 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and in Waynesville from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Staff and volunteers from News 13 and Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) will collect canned goods, rice, pasta formula, macaroni and cheese and other non-perishables. Other essential items like diapers, toothpaste and toilet paper will also be accepted. All of the items donated will go to Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County, who will then distribute the food and items to the children and families they serve. A full shopping list of food pantry staples is on the Children First/CIS website at www.childrenfirstcisbc.org. Staff from Two Men & a Truck will load the boxes of donated goods onto their truck and deliver to the non-profit’s food pantry in the Emma Community.
And since child hunger cannot be eradicated with just a food box alone, all monetary donations made on Friday, June 8, will be matched by Carolina Furniture Concepts. These funds will be used to not only purchase food throughout the year, but also support policy advocacy for access to SNAP benefits, the free and reduced school meal program and other anti-hunger programs, as well as resources and services Children First/CIS provides to local children and their families. You can click on the “Donate” button at www.childrenfirstcisbc.org or call 828-214-5152 and speak to Kate Frost, Children First/CIS Resource development director.
“We feel fortunate to be the recipient of the WLOS Break the Hunger Food Drive for the sixth year,” stated Natasha Adwaters, executive director of Children First/CIS. “The need is great, as one out of every four children is at risk of hunger in Buncombe County, and more than half of children attending public school receive free or reduced lunch, which is a leading poverty indicator. When school ends, many of these children are at higher risk of food insecurity, which is why the timing of this food drive is so perfect so our food pantry is able to meet the increased demand for food. ”
Drop off locations are:
Carolina Furniture Concepts –Asheville location, 100 Airport Road, Asheville from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Carolina Furniture Concepts –Waynesville location, 121 Eagles Nest Road, Waynesville from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.