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December 12, 2013

Food challenge nears 1,000 items

TARBORO — Growth is slow, but nearly 1,000 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 will continue through 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.

People 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. “We had a good start, then things have slowed. We just want to encourage everyone to participate.”
Walker said any and everyone may participate in the challenge and receive 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.

“We’ve gotten several items in bulk, which will help a great deal,” Walker said. “We’d ask donors to not forget the fact there are infants and toddlers in our community who need food as well.

“Our goal of 5,000 items looks a long way away right now,” Walker said, “but we all believe Tarboro will come thru and help those persons in our community who, for one reason or another, are down on their luck and need help.”

 

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