The annual island-wide food drive to stock the shelves of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry in Buxton is currently underway and will run through Dec. 31 and is the largest of the food drives conducted to benefit Hatteras Islanders. Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate as contributions of both food and money are needed to help our island community get through the winter.
When considering what to donate, think “complete meals”. For example, pair up spaghetti sauce with the pasta, peanut butter with the jelly, non-fat dry milk and sugar with the cereal.
Items in highest demand are tea bags, sugar (small bags), coffee, powdered coffee creamer, cooking oil, pasta sauce (not tomato sauce), canned veggies especially mixed veggies, spinach, collards, peas, creamed corn, carrots, and beets (not green beans), canned fruit (not applesauce), and cereals.
All items should be unopened and non-perishable foods should not be past their “use by” dates. If the dates on the items have come and gone, then please do not donate them. They might be safe to eat.
The following are this year’s collection points where food donations can be dropped off:
- Frisco Market/Rod and Gun in Frisco (daily 6 am – 9 pm)
- Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish Social Hall in Buxton (24-hr. drop-off box on porch of social hall, not the church)
- Outer Beaches Realty in Hatteras, Avon, and Waves (daily 9 am – 5 pm)
- Surf-or-Sound Realty in Avon (daily 9 am – 5 pm)
- Midgett Realty in Hatteras, Avon, and Rodanthe (daily 9 am – 5 pm)
- Sun Realty in Avon and Salvo (daily 9 am – 5 pm)
- United Bank in Buxton (daily 9 am – 5 pm)
If you do not have time to shop, consider making a monetary donation. It’s tax deductible, and 100% goes to assist island residents. Checks can be written to United Methodist Men and mailed to them at PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.
For more information, please contact food drive organizer, Linda Browning, at (252) 995-3662.