Two upcoming annual fundraisers will give locals a chance to help feed Danville’s hungry residents.
God’s Storehouse will host its third annual Eat Out to Help Out on May 7. On that day local restaurants will donate 10 percent of their sales to the local food pantry.
“Last year restaurants donated $7,300 to God’s Storehouse through this fundraiser,” said Karen Harris, executive director of God’s Storehouse. “This year we have 30 restaurants participating with six new restaurants that have not participated in the past.”
The six new restaurants are Chick-fil-A on Riverside Drive, Danview Restaurant, Jake’s On Main, Joe & Mimma’s Italian Restaurant, Mama Possum’s and San Marcos Mexican Restaurant.
A complete list of participating restaurants can be seen at www.godsstorehouse.org.
“The Eat Out to Help Out fundraiser is currently one of the only fundraisers God’s Storehouse sponsors. We are dependent on this fundraiser to help us meet the ever increasing demand for food,” Harris said. “The donations from the restaurants greatly help us meet our ongoing operating costs which are more than what we experienced at our old location on Westover. This contribution is a tremendous addition to the individual and faith community donations we receive.”
Then on May 11 is the Letter Carrier Food Drive with the National Association of Letter Carriers, rural carriers and U.S. Post Office.
“It is our biggest food drive of the year and we are very dependent on the food from that event to carry us through June and July when donations are down,” Harris said. “On that day residents can place a bag of non-perishables, non-glass items by their mailboxes and the letter carrier will pick them up.”
Last year the organization collected more than 25,000 pounds of food which greatly helped us supply food to those in need during the summer months.
“During the summer months we see a significant decrease in food donations due to most schools being out, people on vacation and faith communities having a lighter activity schedules,” Harris said. “Also, this food drive provides an opportunity for people to volunteer with God’s Storehouse when they can’t volunteer during our normal weekly working hours. It is a wonderful opportunity for various groups to interact and give back.”
Not only does God’s Storehouse continually need an influx of food items to give away, but the organization still owes $220,000 on the renovation of their “new” building on Memorial Drive.
Harris reported that in 2012, God’s Storehouse served more than 31,000 boxes of food, or 870,000 pounds of food, which was a 14 percent increase from 2011. The average number of families served per day was 165.
In the first quarter of 2013, the organization has distributed 8,025 boxes of food.
For more information, call (434) 793-3663.
Elzey is a freelance writer for the Register & Bee and can be reached at email@example.com or (434)791-7991.