GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Though WFMY News 2's Frank Mickens and Grant Gilmore are vying to win the WFMY News 2 "Food Fight" competition against Julie Luck and Tanya Rivera, all affirm the "real winners" are more than 300,000 families whom will benefit from the food drive.
All items collected in the two-day drive will go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, where food is distributed to 400 partner agencies, whom then are able to feed more than 300,000 families in need. Because of the demand, shelves at Second Harvest must be replenished several times a day, according to executive director Clyde Fitzgerald. Thus, he said, continued donations are critically needed.
Fitzgerald said the food drive could not come at a more dire time--a few weeks prior to summer. He explained less than 10 percent of children who receive free and reduced lunches in their schools are able to continue receiving those meals during the summer. He said all too often, his volunteers encounter children who say, "It's not my day to eat." He explained unable to afford more food, parents then must often decide which of their children can eat on a given day.
Wednesday, Mickens and Gilmore collected food from generous donors at the Harris Teeter at Friendly Center. Thursday, from noon to 6:30, Luck and Rivera will be at the Walmart Supercenter on W Wendover Avenue accepting donations. The total number of pounds and monetary support collected per team will be revealed Thursday on WFMY News 2 at 11. Tweet with the hash tags #FrankGrant or #JulieTanya to express support for either team in the #WFMYFoodFight.
WFMY News 2's parent company Gannett has partnered with General Mills and Feed America to fight hunger around the world. Tune into WFMY News 2 at 8 p.m. Friday night for the Outnumber Hunger concert, performed by popular country stars.