The Franklin County United Way and Cooperative Extension team up for the Fourth Local Food Plate Sale.
By Jonathan McNamara
LOUISBURG — The Fourth Annual Local Food Plate Sale was held kicked off the 2013-2014 United Way of Franklin County campaign.
Held at the Farmers Market shelter at Shannon Village. The plates featured roast beef with barbecue sauce prepared by the Cook Shack Catering, locally grown green beans, sweet potatoes and desserts as well as hushpuppies from Buffaloe Milling Company of Kittrell.
Also, Neal’s Fresh Produce was on site selling their local farm favorites.
“We want to create awareness to buy local foods and foster relationships with local farms,” Franklin County Cooperative Extension agent Martha Mobley said.
The county is also in the process of revamping a website to help people find out where to buy local foods and educate residents on how to grow and harvest fresh foods at franklincountyfarmfresh.com.
All the funds for this event are donated to help United Way of Franklin County. The United Way is unique as 100-percent of the money raised is placed back into the community through impact grants, teacher’s grants for educators and helping people in need everyday in Franklin County.
According to Kathy Harrelson, Executive Director of UWFC, the fundraising campaign starts in September and runs through December. She said this year's fundraising goal is set at $140, 000. Last year the goal was $130, 000 and the UWFC was able to raise $167, 000.
There are six scheduled fundraising events, the next one is the Franklinton High School Spelling Bee set for Sept. 26 with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the competition at 7 p.m.
To learn more about UWFC see uwfc.org.