November 7, 2009 10:25:00 PM
North Mississippians are urged to drop off non-perishable canned goods at any of the 17 Mississippi State University Extension offices for the Food for Families Food Drive presented by WTVA, WLOV and WKDH TV stations. The drive runs through Dec. 16.
The MSU Extension Service offices in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Monroe Counties are among the drop-off points. The Tupelo Automobile Museum is an additional drop-off point.
"We really wanted to do a Christmas-time drive that helped as many people as possible," said WTVA''s Kay Bain, spokesperson for the project. "With the economy down, we wanted to make sure we helped as many people as we can who don''t have money for food."
The Mid South Food Bank in Memphis, Tenn., and the Mississippi Food Network in Jackson, which works with hundreds of food pantries in North Mississippi, will coordinate with pantries in each of the 17 counties to distribute donated food.
"If you donate food in a particular county, it stays right there and helps a family in that county," Bain said. "That is one of the great things about this drive; the food will stay right here in North Mississippi in the community where you donate food."
For more information, contact Paul Stone of WTVA at 662-842-7620.