KTRE-Pineywoods Fair Food Drive gathers 75 boxes of canned goods for 3 worthy causes

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The KTRE-Pineywoods Fair food drive was a complete success, and the donations came at a good time.

Many fair goers brought can goods in exchange for a ride discount. KTRE staff gladly accepted the hundreds of can goods which were dropped off in record time.

"At one point we figured out we had to have collected well over 600 cans in under 30 minutes," said Laura Reina, the food drive's coordinator.

This morning 75 boxes of canned goods and numerous sacks were divided equally among three worthy food banks. Once loaded up, weighted-down pickups traveled to their respective food pantries.

"All this right here. All the bottom shelves," said Goodie Florentine, the H.O.P.E. Team leader.

At HOPE on East Main, Florentine was thrilled. She was pleased that she will be able to offer a variety of food choices to about 1500 people a month.

"It doesn't matter what we get. People might think, 'Uh, I don't know if they can use this or not,' but we are using everything," Florentine said.

At Harvest House on North Street the East Texas Food Bank was dropping off a delivery.

Among the load were 3,000 pounds of potatoes.

Harvest House buys the food at discounted prices to serve about 700 patrons a month.

"The donations outside, like from the fair, really helps out," said David Fears, Harvest House's director.

Downtown at Godtel, the food it receives isn't distributed, but rather cooked. The shelves are stocked solely by community food drives.

"We serve three meals a day, seven days a week, no matter," said Royce Oliver, the manager of Godtel. "We just have to base it on how many people we project will be here."

There's no question all three food banks utilize the donations.

"We're just appreciative of everyone that came out and thank everyone for the opportunity," Reina said.

KTRE is already planning for next year's food drive at the Pineywoods Fair. At the top of the list is having more boxes on hand. We ran out last night, but the way we look at it, that's a good problem to have.

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