Help local families with food supply for holidays

Help local families with food supply for holidays
Posted on 12/11/2019
Help local families with food supply for holidays

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Help local families with food supply for holidays

The students enrolled with Hickory Public Schools will be out of school for the winter holiday starting Monday, December 23, and they do not return to school until January 6, 2020. For families that depend on the school meals to help feed their children, including breakfast and lunch, this two-week break can bring extra hardships.

To help avoid hunger in the homes of many HPS families with food insecurities, the local neighborhood organization, "People Offering Relief from Community Hunger" -- also known as PORCH, encourages the community to donate non-perishable food items for pick-up this Tuesday morning, December 17, 2019.

If any home or business has items to be picked-up, PORCH volunteers will make the rounds, early, this Tuesday morning. Simply leave donated food items on the porch or front steps of the residence or business. To arrange pick-up, members of the community may email: hkyporch@charter.net
Monetary donations are also accepted. Since PORCH is a 501c3 non-profit, all donations are tax-deductible.

PORCH has an urgent need for the following donations to help feed school families:
Jars of peanut butter
Jars of jelly
Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese
Cans of meat (such as chicken, tuna, etc.)
Cans of vegetables
Cans of beans, can or dried
Cans of soup
Cans of fruit (mandarin oranges, peaches, and pineapple)
Boxes of cereal or oatmeal
Dried pasta
Cans or jars (no glass) of pasta sauce
Bags or boxes of rice
Miscellaneous items such a breakfast bars, crackers, treats.
**And personal hygiene items.

If any member or business in the community would like to bring donations directly to the PORCH warehouse facility, drop-off of donations will be held from 8:00 am to 12:00 PM, this Tuesday morning, December 17, 2019. The facility is located at 2505 1st Avenue, SW, Hickory--near the old Longview Elementary and close to the Long View Fire Department.

The PORCH volunteers will be available to help unload the donations--as they proceed to sort and bag items for the school families.

Families with children enrolled in Hickory Public Schools only need a voucher from their child's school to pick-up a full bag of food items--with each bag valued at $50 worth of groceries. No application is required. Parents and guardians of enrolled HPS students, of any age, may call their child's school and request a voucher to be sent home with the child; or families may simply visit the school office and request a PORCH voucher.

Families will pick up their groceries this Tuesday evening, December 17, 2019, from 5:00 PM-6:30 PM at the PORCH facility in Long View.

The holiday season can be a beautiful and joyful time, but if children are hungry, this season can also be a painful one. "We appreciate all donations to help make this holiday a joyous time for all of our families," said Shauna O'Brien, PORCH executive director. "Thank you for helping us to make a difference in our community, one can at a time."

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