Congregations hold food drive Sept. 17
September 8, 2011
NEW — 3:25 p.m., Sept.8, 2011
Two congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Newcastle area will hold a one-day food drive to refill the inventories of local food bank Sept. 17.
The first annual event was held last year, which raised 4,500 pounds of food for the Emergency Feeding Program. In total, more than 30,000 pounds of food to six Eastside food banks along with $8,000 in cash.
“We were able to feed 5,000 people six meals each,” said Robert Johnson, president of the Bellevue South Stake, who oversees 10 congregations in five cities.
“We are striving to be members of the community, helping our neighbors, strangers, those our members may not interact with just on Sundays,” Johnson said.
Church members will leave fliers on doors the week prior to the food drive. Residents can set food out on their doorstep for pick up, or donate canned food at any local participating grocery store.
All food collected within the Newcastle area will be provided to the Emergency Feeding Program.