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November 10, 2012

Dalton High food drive asks community for help

To help combat hunger in the community, Dalton High School will host the fifth annual Cat’s Care Food Drive on Friday from 7 a.m. to noon.

“We’re asking for any nonperishable food items or money donations,” David Torres, president of the student council, said. “We did this last year, too, and we raised over 4,000 cans. It’s always been very successful and we’re just trying to get the word out again for this year.”

Food may be donated by dropping it off at the drive-through in front of the school, said school officials, where student volunteers will provide curb service, accepting the donations so donors do not have to exit their cars or unload items.

“We want to do this for people who are struggling during Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Torres said. “It can be tough to struggle for food, but especially during the holidays.”

Nonperishable items that can survive distribution include bags of rice, pasta, canned fruits, canned vegetables and canned soups, said Michelle Thompson, operations assistant at the Northwest Georgia Branch of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

The food bank will distribute the donations through agencies like the Salvation Army, Family Crisis Center and First Baptist’s Soul Food Ministry during Thanksgiving week. So far, the food bank has given out 8 million pounds of food in southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia this year.

For more information on the DHS food drive, call (706) 278-8757.

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