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By Jonathan McNamara
FRANKLIN COUNTY — The United Way of Franklin County is hosting its annual fall food drive, Feeding Franklin, Oct. 28-Nov. 15.
Locations to donate food for the drive are at each Franklin County library branch, each town hall, the Louisburg Senior Center and Howe’s Your Pizza in Bunn.
Each Franklin County school will be collecting to as well. Also, the Early College community service club will have a public collection to fill up two pickup trucks on Nov. 1.
The Feeding Franklin network is supported by Food Lion and federal emergency food funds. Food pantries that are part of the network agree to respond to emergency food needs through United Way referrals throughout the year.
All food donated will be distributed Dec. 2-17 to food pantries in Franklin County — most of them small church pantries, Care and Share, Volunteers in Medicine, Youngsville Area Business Association’s Christmas effort and the Bunn soup kitchen.
The United Way is working on different ideas to collaborate with the pantries and the county Departments of Aging and Social Services to fight hunger locally.
One of the primary efforts is the community garden, Here We Grow. The garden will be relocated for the spring to a plot at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
The plot was offered by Sheriff Jerry Jones and Deputies William Mitchell and Johnny Hight to allow for a more central location for county residents.
For more information call United Way Director Kathy Harrelson at 919-496-0937.