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18th annual island-wide Food Drive has begun

The 18th annual island-wide Food Drive to stock the shelves of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry is now in progress.  The drive will continue through Dec. 31.  Housed at the United Methodist Church in Buxton, this pantry serves the people of all seven villages and is the only food pantry on the island that is recognized by Dare County Department of Social Services.

This year, the needs of the Hatteras Island community are great.  Hurricane Irene heaped a tremendous amount of pain on the island residents, and the local economy that was already hurting is now in shambles.  

During this past fiscal year that ended June 30, the Hatteras Island Food Pantry had helped 3,832 people with over 81,000 meals.  The organization's emergency assistance fund had paid out over $81,898. 
Walton Fulcher, Food Pantry Coordinator, says, "If we had not had the support, we could not have met these emergency needs."

Fulcher thanks all those who've contributed to the food pantry in the past and asks for continued help:

"Without it, the pantry will find it impossible to get through the winter months, the period of greatest need when unemployment will be even higher than it is now." 

He emphasizes that 100 percent of all donations, whether food or money, goes to help Hatteras residents.  "None is used to pay administrative expenses or executive salaries", he says.

Here are this year's collection points where food for the pantry can be dropped off:

  • Hatteras Realty in Hatteras village and Avon (Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish Hall in Buxton (24-hr. drop-off box on porch)
  • Frisco Shopping Center in Frisco (Daily 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
  • Outer Beaches Realty in Hatteras Village and in Avon ( Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Surf-or-Sound Realty in Avon (Daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.)
  • Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop - Hatteras (Mon. thru Sat. - 7 a.m. - 12 noon)
  • Burrus Red & White in Hatteras (Daily 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

Food-drive organizer, Linda Browning, advises contributors who might drop off food at collection points other than those listed above to ask the establishments whether or not the food is for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry.  Sometimes there are other drives in progress that may be for off-island food pantries.

When you're shopping for food to donate, try to buy "complete meals".   For example, if you buy spaghetti, pick up some spaghetti sauce and some grated cheese, too.  If you buy cereal, grab a box of non-fat dry milk and a bag of sugar.  Also, consider donating personal care products and cleaning supplies.  These run out very quickly.  Don't forget dog food, cat food, and kitty litter, too! 

Here's a shopping list that will assist you in selecting the items that usually are in highest demand: spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, grated cheese, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, non-fat dry milk, sugar, cooking oil, pancake mix, pancake syrup, flour, biscuit mix, shortening, salt and pepper, canned meats, canned tuna, shampoo, shaving cream, bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste, dish detergent (for hand washing), laundry supplies, dog food, cat food, kitty litter.

Please donate only unopened foods and those that have not gone past their expiration dates. Food that is no longer "in date" may not be safe to eat. 

Many of you may not have time to shop.  In that case, please consider making a monetary donation.  It's tax deductible.  Checks should be written to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.

If you have questions or would like more information about on-going needs of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry, you can contact Linda Browning at (252) 995-3662.

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