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Schools launch fourth annual food drive

posted Jan 4, 2017, 1:49 PM by Cheryl Shuffler



    Burke County Public Schools is gearing up the fourth annual Souperintendent’s Souperbowl Canned-Food Drive Jan. 9 through Feb. 6. Collection barrels can be found at all 28 Burke County Public Schools campuses plus the Central Office, the Olive Hill Resource Center, Auxiliary Services/Bus Garage and College Street offices.

    Four local charities are the beneficiaries of the annual drive: Burke United Christian Ministries, East Burke Christian Ministries, Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in Rutherford College and the East Burke High School food pantry.

    “We started the Souperintendent’s Souperbowl Canned-Food Drive in 2014, and I am proud of the way it has grown over the past three years,” said Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam. “Hunger is such a big issue in our community and affects so many of our own students. Time and time again the community has rallied around our schools and this is our way of giving back to local charities in our area who directly impact families in need."

    Schools decorate their collection barrels and staff, students and community members are invited to fill them with non-perishable food items. To date, the annual food drive has collected nearly 20,000 pounds of food.