More than 500,000 pounds of food passed through the doors of Harvest Table Food Bank in Whiteville last year, and more is needed.
“We have people in need coming to us every day,” said Kevin Hatcher, director Harvest Table.
The non-profit hosts regular distribution days and also helps families in emergency situations. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has left hundreds unemployed locally, has put a strain on the already-busy coffers at Harvest Table.
To help with the problem, Whiteville Police joined forces with Harvest Table for the Half Feed Hunger food drive. Last Thursday saw a steady stream of donors coming past the Whiteville City Hall parking lot with donations ranging from $5 to trunkloads of non-perishable food items. The WPD and Harvest Table will again gather at the Municipal Building this Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to accept donations of food that does not need refrigeration.
“We can use dry foods, canned goods, anything on those lines,” Hatcher said.
Whiteville Police will also hand out packages of facial masks to combat the spread of the virus, and Whiteville firefighters will be giving out smoke detectors as long as supplies last.
Donations may be brought by the parking to at Madison and Columbus streets on Thursday. For more information, contact Harvest Table at 642.6654.