WTVA stages event for food drive

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Bring canned goods to Fairpark on Friday and earn a chance to appear on WTVA.
The TV station will do live broadcasts from the downtown park from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. as part of its Food for Families drive.
The second annual effort, which involves several partners including the Daily Journal, began last month and ends Dec. 16 with a goal of collecting tens of thousands of pounds of edibles.
“We decided we wanted to raise food that would stay in this area and help people who might be our neighbors,” said Emily Leonard, WTVA community relations and promotions director. “We have several drop-off locations, and the food collected in that county will stay in that county.”
Collection points are scattered throughout Northeast Mississippi, including the Tupelo Automobile Museum, The Mall at Barnes Crossing, and at Mississippi State University Extension Offices in 15 counties.
Itawamba’s extension office collected more than 11,000 pounds of food already.
“We challenged each of the schools in the county to see who could bring in the most canned goods,” said Romona Edge with the extension office. “We had our big drop-off at Walmart and called it Pack a School Bus, and we literally filled up a school bus.”
That office, along with all the other collection points, will continue to take canned food donations until Dec. 16. When the effort ends, all food will be distributed to local food pantries affiliated with the Mississippi Food Network and Mid-South Food Network.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com

More info
Learn more about the food drive at www.foodforfamilies2011.org