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Schools wrap up third annual food drive

posted Mar 1, 2016, 5:36 AM by Bcps Bcps   [ updated Mar 1, 2016, 5:36 AM ]
            Burke County Public Schools held its third annual Souperintendent’s Souper Bowl Canned-Food Drive Jan. 8 through Feb. 8. Collection barrels were placed at all 28 Burke County Public Schools campuses plus the Central Office, West Concord Resource Center, Auxiliary Services/Bus Garage and College Street office.

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

“I want to thank all of those who participated in our third annual food drive and for making it the biggest one to date,” said BCPS Superintendent Larry Putnam. “Hunger is a real issue in Burke County, and it affects many of our own students. So many people do so much for our schools. This is our way of giving back to families in our community.”

Schools were encouraged to decorate their collection barrels and staff, students and the community were invited to fill them with non-perishable food items. The food drive collected more than 8,498 pounds of food, up from 5,750 pounds collected last year.       

Photo:  Jill King, director of Burke United Christian Ministries with Larry Putnam, superintendent, Burke County Public Schools.

Photo:  Freedom High School students and counselor Lennetta Williams with their collection barrels. 

 Public Relations Officer Cheryl M. Shuffler
cmshuffler@burke.k12.nc.us l 828-438-2989