According to Arwen Mullikin, project manager for Fayette’s Biggest Food Drive, 4.4 percent of Fayette County families live under the poverty level, and unemployment is sitting around seven percent.
“As a county, we have a responsibility to take care of our own, to reach out and help those hurting and in need,” Mullikin wrote in a letter to Tyrone’s mayor and town council members. “And we have always done that through our amazing nonprofits and county initiatives.”
Introducing: Fayette’s Biggest Food Drive.
Sept. 14 is the date set aside to fill a 53-foot trailer full of non-perishable food and household items that will then be distributed to needy families in the community. The trailer will be parked on that Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lane Brown Gazebo in Fayetteville, which is adjacent to Heritage Park just across the highway from the old Fayette County Courthouse.
Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial and members of the town council recently lent their moral support during a council meeting and encouraged residents of Tyrone and of Fayette County as a whole to save up the requested items and deliver them to the trailer on Sept. 14.
Those requested items include: Baked beans (pork’n’beans), beef stew, breakfast cereal, dry beans, peanut butter, jam, jelly, rice, canned pasta sauce, canned tomatoes and tomato products, toilet paper, laundry detergent, paper napkins and paper towels.
More information on Fayette’s Biggest Food Drive is available at www.FayetteFoodDrive.info.