If the first “Fort Ann Helping Fort Ann” food drive is any indication, this could be a good year for the much-needed donations to local food banks and soup kitchens.
The Fort Ann drive, initiated by Supervisor Richard Moore and coordinated by Highway Superintendent Paul Winchell and resident Emily Stranahan, ended Wednesday and went even better than Moore expected.
Moore said he received a call from Fort Ann Central School telling him 1,037 items had been collected, and later received a note from Stranahan that an anonymous donor bought 100 of Hannaford’s “Helping Hands” food boxes for the drive.
“All I can say is that I have a student body that is caring and giving and look out for each other,” said Fort Ann Central School Principal Nanette Blanchard. “The generosity was amazing.”
The food will be distributed from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cornerstone Bible Church located on state Route 16.
“It’s so heartwarming to see all of this happen,” Moore said. “I very much appreciate the effort made by all of the individuals.”
He said Winchell was one of the key voices in getting the word out about the drive, and Moore said the highway department staff made a solid donation to the drive.
“The Fort Ann Truck Stop on Route 149 was very generous as acting as a collection site for the program,” Moore said. “This proved to be very helpful to those individuals who wanted to donate to the program, but could not drop the food off on a Wednesday night. I’m very grateful to the owner of the truck stop, Pam Harris and her manager, Shannon O’Brien for advertising and collecting the donations.”
Moore said local churches, Rotary Club, Fort Ann Senior’s group, American Legion, fire companies and Rescue Squad also helped with this effort.
There is also a group of Fort Ann citizens who donated their time each Wednesday night to assist with the program.
The food is being collected and stored at the Cornerstone Bible Church on county Route 16.
“I very much appreciate all of the support towards this effort, and I say that to all who donated items and the people who helped organize this effort and those who helped with the collection of the food donations,” Moore said.