Hickory, NC – For more than 20 years collecting cans of food to replenish local food banks and feed the hungry in our community has been taking place in the fall. Hickory's Octoberfest Castle of Cans annual food drive will soon be underway again and will look different this year. It will temporarily shift to a virtual fundraising campaign, from October 1-31, 2020, to be able to purchase the needed food for local agencies through Second Harvest Food Bank. For every $5 collected in our virtual campaign, Second Harvest can typically distribute 35 lbs. of food
The county-wide canned food campaign provides added supplies to soup kitchens and agencies that help families in need in our communities and the need is greater than ever this year. Last year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina recognized Castle of Cans with a 2019 Food Drive Partner Award for a record-breaking 30,933 pounds of canned food collected from public and private schools and community sites in Catawba County. The food was distributed to eight soup kitchens and food pantries in the area. This year’s virtual campaign goal of $5000 will provide the equivalent of 35,000 pounds of food and be tailored to meet the eight local recipient agency needs!