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Library branches collecting food through Dec. 18 Print

All branches of the Haywood County Public Library are currently collecting food to help meet the needs of local residents this holiday season.

“We’re aware that many local food pantries are facing food shortages as we head into the holidays and we want to see what we can do to help,” said Library Director Sharon Woodrow. “So every time citizens come to the library, we hope they will help by bringing a bag of nonperishable food.”

Each library branch will collect food during normal operating hours. Woodrow said that citizens can bring their contributions to the front desk and give it to library employees. Library staff will divide and distribute the food to as many local pantries as possible.

The most-needed food items include canned items, such as meats, stews and chili, pasta, sauces, vegetables and fruits, juices, beans and canned or dry soups; peanut butter; jelly (no glass containers); hot and cold cereals, rice, packaged pasta, juice boxes, baby food and cereal (glass containers acceptable); baby formula; granola and cereal bars; diapers (all sizes); personal items, such as shampoo and soap; and paper goods, like toilet paper and paper towels. Dog and cat food will also be accepted.

Woodrow said the food drive will continue through December 18. For more information, contact the Waynesville branch of the Haywood County Public Library at 828.452.5169.

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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