The 11th annual Town of Waynesville Community Food Drive was held on Friday November 8 at the Ingle’s on Russ Avenue and Wal-Mart.  Fire fighters and other town staff collected non-perishable food items and monetary donations as part of the annual “boot drive” to provide funds for low-income energy assistance.

“We plan and hold the special collection day and boot drive early in November to ensure that there are additional resources available for families before Thanksgiving, and to be respectful of other agencies, such as the Salvation Army, who would be at the same locations raising funds during the holiday season” said Fire Chief Joey Webb.  

All donations and food items collected were provided to Haywood Christian Ministry to assist in keeping their pantries full for those in need and providing heating assistance funds in advance of cold weather.   This year, the boot drive yielded a donation of $5,920 and a pick-up truck load of food.  Chief Webb was astonished by the outpouring of generosity shown this year.  “We have always done well with our donations, and while we did not surpass our goal of one dollar more than the year before, we still raised a substantial amount to assist others in the community and we sincerely thank everyone who donated.”

Captain Mike Lentz and HR Specialist Brittany Angel presented the check to Executive Director Steve Nowakowski.  Mr. Nowakowski and Assistant Director Donna Fielden thanked the fire department and Town of Waynesville for their generous gift that will assist so many during the winter months.