Extension Food Drive Benefits Haywood Students

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Social Worker and FCS agent standing with donated food.

Farrah Henderson, School Social Worker and Julie Sawyer, Family & Consumer Science Extension Agent

Haywood County school social workers received a boost last week to the non- perishable food inventory at a pantry they oversee for students in need. When Haywood Extension received the invitation from N.C. A&T State University to participate in a state wide Cooperative Extension food drive in which we could donate the food to an organization of our choice, the decision to join in was an easy one. A collaboration with Jackson County’s Family & Consumer Science Extension Agent, Emily McClure helped to secure donation boxes and flyers as well as schedule and advertise the event. The weather forecast for our week long, no contact food drive was cold and wet and we worried that participation might suffer. To our surprise, the weather did not stop the citizens of Haywood County from showing up in a big way. We collected a total of 350 pounds of non-perishable kid friendly food which will directly benefit Haywood County students who need it.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has resulted in an increased number of households facing food insecurity in Haywood County as well as counties across the state. A food drive in honor of Small Farms Week could not have come at a more appropriate time.