Hickory – It’s time again for our Annual Susan Coleman Castle of Cans Food Drive and We’re Celebrating 25 Years! This wonderful community campaign supports all of these agencies with one donation: The Corner Table in Newton, Eastern Catawba CCM, Exodus Homes, Greater Hickory CCM, The Family Care Center, Hickory Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, and the Second Harvest Food Bank Hickory.

Food Lion, a key campaign supporter, has opted to make a financial contribution as it has done for the past three years in lieu of pallets of cans

We know that the problem of hunger in Catawba County remains. There are 19,246 individuals living at or below poverty, 6,296 are children and 2,251 are seniors. Last year, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed over 3.1 million pounds of food to the agencies in Catawba County! Won’t you help us as we strive to collect cans/raise $ = to 25K for 25 Years?

This year we will continue to offer the fund drive option or the option of collecting food – or do both if you choose! Through the fund drive “virtual” collection campaign, with a mere $1 contribution providing approximately 7 pounds of food, students can learn about giving back to the community and caring, even if they can donate only one $1. Or you may opt to collect cans as many schools have done in the past and continue to do – or a dual campaign of both cans and funds. If you do opt to collect cans, this year we are also looking for healthier food donations such as canned fruits and vegetables that are low sugar, low sodium and low fat!

To donate or host an online Fund Drive Click here https://p2p.onecause.com/castleofcans2023_2

In keeping with our theme of 25 years, our collection campaign this year will run from September 25-October 25, 2023. Collection campaigns can be set up to start and end any time during that period! (Schools customarily designate a teacher, club or service group to coordinate the drive.) It is a quick and easy project. To register, send an email to [email protected] and request a registration form.

If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact Campaign Coordinator Carleen Crawford at [email protected] or 828-781-0845. For questions about setting up your page, please contact the Food & Fund Drive Coordinator, Megan Pierce, at [email protected] or 704-805-1749.

Thank you so much in advance for your leadership in this community project now in its 25th year! Have fun and be creative in promoting the event in your school and know that you are making a huge impact on hunger in our community with your participation.

Hickory Oktoberfest thanks St Alban’s Episcopal Church for all their help in coordinating the Castle of Cans.