Covey Denton of Durham is challenging families to save the money they would spend on a night out at a restaurant and give back to those in need.
With an event she calls Kram the Kia, Denton wants to stock the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, which usually runs especially low during the summertime.
Denton is asking friends and family to purchase nonperishable food items, especially canned fruit and protein-rich foods like canned tuna, and donate them to the food bank or contact her and shell collect them. Her goal is to fill her Kia van with donations by July 15.
I had been seeing on Facebook and getting emails about how around the summer, the food bank begins to suffer, Denton said. I have kids of my own, and that really touched me.
Three years ago Denton did the same project, then titled Stuff the Subaru. It was so successful, she said, that some donations had to go in her rooftop carrier. She hopes she can top that this year.
Id love it if it wouldnt all fit in the car; that would be great, she said.
According to the FBCENC website, summer is an unpredictable time for children who normally receive free or reduced-cost meals at school. Without those guaranteed meals, families are more dependent than ever on the food banks resources. Summer is also a time when donations typically slow down.
The foods most in demand at the food bank are grains, such as animal crackers and light popcorn; protein, like ravioli and Beefaroni; and fruit. One-hundred-percent juice and fat- and sugar-free pudding cups are also on the list. Glass containers are not accepted.