The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 21, 2013

Community responding to Food Challenge


TARBORO — More than 250 non-perishable food items have been delivered to the offices of The Daily Southerner as part of the first-ever Daily Southerner Community Food Challenge to benefit Tarboro Community Outreach (TCO).

The food drive, which began Monday, will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 17 and all food items will be delivered to TCO.

“There is so much need this year,” said TCO director Sister Mary Ann Czaja. “There are no jobs, benefits are scarce and yet, people have bills to pay and families to feed.”

Czaja said Tarboro had “always been so good” to TCO and she was hopeful that support would continue with the food challenge.

Persons are asked to bring their non-perishable food items by the newspaper office, located at 504 W. Wilson St.

“Our goal is to collect 5,000 non-perishable food items,” said newspaper Publisher John H. Walker.

Walker said any and everyone may participate in the challenge, other than the satisfaction that you helped someone less-fortunate than yourself.

“We are encouraging individuals, civic and social groups, businesses large and small, churches, Sunday School classes, schools, daycares, government agencies — literally everyone, to bring 10 non-perishable food items by the newspaper,” Walker explained. We will collect them, place them on pallets, shrink wrap them and ensure they get to Sister Mary Ann (Czaja) at TCO in time for Christmas