Boone Police Department Announces 2nd Annual Food Drive

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The Boone Police Department is announcing its 2nd Annual Food Drive which will continue until Friday, January 30, 2015.

Boone Police are also working with a new partner in this year’s efforts, the Watauga Chapter of the NAACP.

“Maintaining relationships with our community members is crucial to the Boone Police Department. It’s a vital component for being an effective and successful law enforcement agency.” adds Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford.

The food collected will go to benefit the Hunger & Health Coalition which collects, organizes and distributes food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy families in our area. “We believe in what this organization is doing and we want to help them.” the police department adds. The Hunger & Health Coalition feeds approximately 800 children and elderly people every month in the Boone area.

“During our work in the community, we encounter people who are far less fortunate. We see people in all stages of life that have to worry about how to get their next meal. We can not ignore the needs in our community and we feel led to help.” says Lieutenant Chris Hatton. He also adds that “unemployment, underemployment and the ever-increasing price of goods is causing many good people to choose between their basic needs.”

“The Watauga County Branch of the NAACP is so pleased to offer our support to the Boone Police Department as they work towards providing healthy and nutritious food to those in our community struggling during this Holiday Season.” adds Allison Jennings the current Branch Secretary, and incoming Branch President for the NAACP.

She adds, “We believe that all people deserve a place at an abundant and compassionate table. The Watauga NAACP is honored to partner with the Boone PD as we work towards a common goal of ending hunger in our community.”

You can support this effort by donating food, especially non-perishable food. There are a few items that the Hunger & Health Coalition seems to always find to be in short supply:

Peanut Butter

Grape Jelly

Breakfast Cereal

Chef Boyardee type Canned Pasta

Food can be currently be donated at the following locations:

Boone Police Department lobby located beside the US Post Office on Blowing Rock Road.

Boone Fire Department Station #2 lobby located beside the baseball fields on State Farm Road.

If any other organizations, groups or individuals would like to join the efforts contact Lieutenant Chris Hatton with the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6942.

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