By Matt Montgomery
Piedmont Service Center Director Dennis Owen said the Piedmont community has really come through with food drives, donations and service help in general.
In an effort to prepare food baskets for the needy in the Piedmont community, the Piedmont Service Center has collected food from food drives done by local schools and boy scout troops as well as local businesses.
“We have been receiving a tremendous outpouring from the community in terms of food collections,” he said. “We’ve had food drives at several of the local schools and in fact, in the latest one that was just completed for us, the kids collected over 850 pounds of food.”
Owen said even though he is relatively new to the Service Center, having been their director for under two years, the food pantry is as stocked as he’s seen it.
“It’s jammed up, I mean we are storing food creatively,” he said. “And, of course, on the other side of it, we are going to be providing and we are open for business any time. But, basically we anticipate that in addition to the sort of planned for activities, we have people in all sorts of circumstances not related to holidays at all. We all get hungry two or three times a day and it doesn’t have anything to do with the holidays.”
Owen said in relation to the season, people have been very generous in writing checks and the local churches have also been very supportive in helping the Service Center collect food, clothing and other necessities for a Piedmont family or two who are down on their luck this holiday season.