Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger to volunteer at food drive

Nov 5, 2013
Press Release
November 5, 2013


CHARLOTTE – During a visit to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in May, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) learned requests for food assistance outpace the supply of generously donated food on a regular basis.
“There shouldn’t be hungry kids in Charlotte,” stated Congressman Pittenger.  “One person estimated Second Harvest might need an additional three million pounds of food each year!  Because we’ve always been a generous community, I immediately began to engage other community leaders, working to bring more attention to this problem and asking for help in providing more food to Charlotte-area food banks.”
That same afternoon, Congressman Pittenger called Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison, and together they developed a plan to hold food drives at almost every CMS campus.  The food drives are part of the CMS “character education” program and are being used to teach the importance of community involvement.
On Wednesday, November 6th, Congressman Pittenger will volunteer at a food drive hosted by the Billy Graham Library.  Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m., with a convenient drive-thru option available for busy commuters.  WCNC-TV, which has a strong history of supporting food pantries in the Charlotte region, will broadcast live from the event and has graciously provided for many of the logistics and arrangements.  WSOC-FM 103.7 will also broadcast live, encouraging as many listeners as possible to participate.
“Community problems are best solved by community efforts,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Thank you to Second Harvest, their associated food banks and pantries, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Billy Graham Library, WCNC-TV, and WSOC-FM  for stepping up and helping provide for those in need in our community.”