POMEROY — The Pomeroy Firemen’s Association will host its 5th annual “Feeding our Friends” food drive on Saturday morning.
The food drive will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Powell’s Foodfair on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Donations of non-perishable food items, along with cash donations, will be given to the Meigs Cooperative Parish to help stock their food pantry for the holiday season.
Fireman Derek Miller explained that the annual food drive is a collaborative effort between the Firemen’s Association and Powell’s Foodfair. Over the first four food drives approximately 1,500 food items and $1,500 in cash donations have been presented to the Cooperative Parish.
Initially, the drive was set up with bins at Powell’s over a time frame to except donations, but for the past two years a one-day drive has been held.
Additionally, the event serves as an opportunity for fire prevention education and the sharing of information regarding smoke detectors.
Miller said that although the event takes place a few weeks after Fire Prevention Week, there is never a bad time to talk about the importance of fire safety.
The idea for the food drive started with the idea of a few of the men involved in the association as a way to give back to the community.
Miller said the department is often asking for the support of the community for the department itself, and this is an opportunity to help the community.
Over the years, many individuals and other departments have made donations to help with the food drive. The Firemen’s Association kicks off the annual food drive with purchasing around $300 worth of items to be donated.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.