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Thanksgiving and Christmas are now behind, and folks are settling back into normal routines.
Those two holidays typically bring a large spike in the number of canned food drives in any community.
Thousands of people are fed during the holiday season each year thanks to the generosity of individuals during those drives.
The Project Homestead Food Pantry in West Point, however, is in constant need of food donations and labor to help deliver and organize food products.
Now serving over 400 families in Clay County, the Food Pantry feeds over 800 people each month.
The Daily Times Leader has joined forces in partnership with the Food Pantry, and the Main Street paper office will now serve as a drop-off location for those wishing to donate to Project Homestead.
â€śWe at the Daily Times Leader hope that this new food drop-off location will help Project Homestead to continue to serve the families now receiving aid and perhaps allow a future expansion of the number the Food Panty serves,â€ť said Bryan Davis, Managing Editor of the Daily Times Leader. â€śWe encourage our readers to participate in a year-round campaign of giving so that aid given to Clay County residents in need may be sustainable.â€ť
Food that is dropped off will be taken directly to the Food Pantry.
â€śYour donations of food or money may be going to feed your neighbor, a former classmate, or your best friendâ€™s grandmother,â€ť said Donna Cliett of Project Homestead. â€śYou may never know how much your donation means to someone who needs a little help through a tough time.â€ť
The Food Pantry is now located on the Community Counseling campus, formerly the Mary Holmes College Campus at the gym.
Cliett says that food is always needed, and the organization needs constant help in sorting and shelving the food that goes directly to Clay County families.
â€śThe Daily Times Leader and the Project Homestead Food Pantry of Clay County are partnering in an effort to continue serving the many needy families in your neighborhood,â€ť Cliett said. â€śYour donations stays in Clay County and is appreciated, even though you may never know who is the recipient.â€ť
Located at 221 East Main Street in West Point, the Daily Times Leader is encouraging readers to bring a canned food donation along when they come to do business with the paper.
Donations will be accepted effective immediately.