Recreation department continues food drive

Charles Warner Editor

November 4, 2013

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Recreation Department will continue its food drive to benefit a local church’s food pantry by charging a special admission to the Stinger Football Championship game.

The food drive is part of the United Way of the Piedmont’s “Stock The Pantry!” program which seeks to stock the pantries of area churches. A leaflet promoting the program states that 1 in 6 or 50 million Americans struggle with hunger every day. This includes 1 in 5 children in America.

The recreation department’s participation in the program was first suggested to Director Becky Cobb by a member of the United Way of the Piedmont. Since then, the department has undertaken a food drive to restock the pantry of Trinity Baptist Church, beginning with giving county employees the opportunity to contribute.

Cobb said that the food drive is continuing and the public will have a chance to contribute at Wednesday’s championship game.

“For this last week we left a box in the courthouse for county employees to drop off non-perishable food items,” Cobb said. “We will continue this effort during the Stinger Football Championship game which will be, weather-permitting, Wednesday, Nov. 6.”

Cobb said those who want to attend the game will not have to pay the usual admission if they bring canned or other non-perishable food items.

“We’re offering free admission to those that bring a canned or non-perishable food items,” Cobb said. “We normally charge a dollar admission, but if they bring a canned or non-perishable food item they will get in for free.”

The non-perishable items that can be donated include:

• Canned fruit and vegetables

• Canned soups

• Pasta/rice

• Pancake mix

• Grits/oatmeal

• Canned milk

• Peanut Butter

• Jelly and jam

• Boxed dinners

• Baby food

• Canned meats

Cobb stressed that this special admission will be for the championship only.

The championship will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Union County Stadium.

Cobb added that donations to the food drive can also be made at the Union County Recreation Department, 111 Thomas St., Union, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

In addition to collecting the donations, Cobb said recreation department personnel will be stocking Trinity’s food pantry sometime between Nov. 7-9, the date the United Way has designed for participants in its program to stock the pantry they are collecting food for.

Trinity Baptist Church seeks to minister to the needs of low-income families and homeless individuals through its Channel of Blessings Community Outreach Ministry. The ministry distributes food and essential household items at 12 different locations in Union County. The church is currently assisting 600 families a month through its distribution program.

The church also helps families in crisis situations with everything from food and clothes to blankets and furniture and has paired with other agencies to provide those families power bills and temporary shelter. The church also provides assistance to the county’s homeless population.

For more information about the food drive or to volunteer contact the Union County Recreation Department at 864-429-1670 or bcobb@countyofunion.com.

Anyone who needs the help of Trinity Baptist’s Channel of Blessings Community Outreach Ministry should call Rev. Keisler at 864-706-0481.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.