The Elkin Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post will be hosting its spring food drive this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations in Yadkin and Surry counties.
VFW members will be on hand at the two Food Lions in Elkin and Ingles and the Dollar General stores in Elkin, Jonesville and Boonville. As shoppers enter the stores, VFW volunteers will hand out information about the food drive and the types of items they will be collecting. All food and cash donations will be given to Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministries in Jonesville.
“We have several members who volunteer at the food bank and they say they are constantly in need,” said Sam Bishop, quarter master for the Elkin VFW post. “All the cuts that have happened and delays in people getting food stamps, there is really a need.”
The VFW organizes two food drives per year, Bishop said. One in the spring and another around Thanksgiving. At the last food drive, Bishop said they collected 2,300 pounds of food.
“Most people will grab some extra canned goods or mac and cheese to donate,” Bishop said.
The VFW has about 60 members that include veterans from WWII to Vietnam and a few younger veterans returning from Afghanistan. Bishop said the group is always looking to recruit new members, especially younger members returning from war.
In addition to the two yearly food drives, the VFW also hosts two blood drives per year, places flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day and distributes buddy poppies, a tradition that began in 1922. The poppy is the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
For more information about the VFW, call Sam Bishop at 336-366-9751.
Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.