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Originally published: 2013-12-03 15:23:20
Last modified: 2013-12-03 15:24:05

Police host holiday food drive

by Staff Reports

The Boone Police Department is organizing a food drive now through Jan. 3 to help people in need in our area.

The food collected during the drive will be donated to the Hunger & Health Coalition, which collects, organizes and distributes food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy local families. The agency feeds more than 1,600 children and 1,000 elderly people every month in the Boone area.

"Our economy has been cruel to many people all over America," said police Lt. Chris Hatton. "Many people in our local communities are hurting today. Unemployment, underemployment and the ever-increasing price of goods is causing many good people to choose between their basic needs."

The police department is seeking the public's help in its effort. Nonperishable foods may be dropped off at the Boone Police Department's front lobby anytime between now and Jan. 3, 2014 for delivery to the Health & Hunger Coalition.

While any nonperishable items are accepted, the agency is particularly seeking items routinely in short supply, including:
- Peanut butter
- Grape jelly
- Breakfast cereal
- Chef Boyardee-type canned pasta