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Hatteras Island Food Drive

Published October 11, 2007 by admin

The annual food drive is underway on Hatteras Island. With the bleak winter months approaching now is the time to get out and help support your neighbors. The Hatteras Island Food Pantry is located at the United Methodist Church in Buxton, this is the only food pantry on the island, and it serves the needs of all the residents on Hatteras Island.

Food items always in high demand are cooking oil, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, grated cheese, pancake mix, maple syrup, cereal, non-fat dry milk, sugar, flour, biscuit mix, shortening, salt and pepper, and canned meats, and canned tuna fish.

When considering what to donate to the drive, think "complete meals." For example, if you donate spaghetti, include jars of sauce and cans of grated cheese. Team up peanut butter with jelly, cereal with non-fat dry milk and sugar.

Please donate only unopened food items and those that have not gone past their expiration dates.

It is easy to donate with drop offs located at:

. Hatteras Realty in Hatteras Village, Avon, and Waves (Monday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

. Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church Social Hall in Buxton (anytime - please leave donations by the front doors) and Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church (before and after church services)

. Frisco Shopping Center in Frisco (open daily)

. Post Office in Rodanthe (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon)

Last year the food pantry helped 376 people with 15,700 meals worth over $30,000. Any money donated goes directly to the needy with none of it going to expenses or staff.
The pantry's stock of personal care products and cleaning supplies runs out very quickly. Shampoo, shaving cream, bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste, dish detergent, and laundry supplies are always needed.

If you don't have time to shop, monetary donations are gratefully accepted. Checks can be made payable to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920. Your donation is tax deductible.

If you have a commercial establishment that you would like added to the list of drop-off locations or would like more information, please contact food drive organizer, Linda Browning, at (252) 995-3662.

Times are tough right now for a lot of people. Please help those in need.
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