Post collecting food for needy

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, but some families have more immediate concerns. What will they feed their children tomorrow, and where will it come from?
To help families struggling to put food on the table, the Salisbury Post is sponsoring the Can Do Food Drive.
Drop off canned goods and other nonperishable food in the lobby of the Post at 131 W. Innes St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and weíll deliver the food to Rowan Helping Ministries and the Salvation Army for distribution to families in need.
So far weíve had a good response. Among the items most needed are:
Dry food, bagged or boxed
Dry or bagged beans
Canned meats (ravioli, spaghetti sauce, etc.)
Canned fish (tuna, etc.)
Peanut butter
Canned fruits and vegetables
Please check expiration dates.
Recent Census reports show the percentage of people living in poverty in Rowan County nearly doubled from 2007 to 2010, going from 11 percent to 21 percent. People who have always proudly provided for their own families are unemployed or underemployed.
They need the help of their neighbors ó people like you and me.
Letís fill their pantries this Thanksgiving. It’s the least we can do.
ó Elizabeth Cook