Two organizations from Newport will be fighting during the month of December.
The Newport Recreation Center and Newport Public Library will face off at the Battle of Food Drive to see who can collect the most food.
Patrons can bring non-perishable people and pet food to their preferred facilities between Wednesday, December 1, and Wednesday, December 22. The facility that collects the most food wins.
“We wanted to inspire people to collect food and we thought the competition would be fun,” said Jenny Remmillard, entertainment program specialist. “While the library has some great sponsors, the record center will absolutely win out.”
Catherine Hoover, Newport Adult Services librarian, responded, “Our librarians are very supportive of the library and will help us blow the recreation center away.”
It’s all fun and for good reason. The pet food will be donated to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and the people’s food will go to the Lincoln County food ration.
“Although we distribute food year-round, the winter months and holidays can add to the pressure on families and individuals trying to make ends meet,” said Nancy Mitchell, CEO of Food Share. “Community food campaigns enable us to meet the growing need for food assistance in Lincoln County. The items we need most are peanut butter, low-sugar canned fruits, low-sugar jams and jellies, packaged dried fruits, chilies, cereal, creamy soups, canned tuna, and chicken. Or salmon.
For updates about Food Drive Battle, visit the Facebook pages of the Recording Center and Library.