The fourth annual Southern States Holiday Food Drive begins November 10, 2014. As in past years, Southern States Cooperative will partner with local food banks in cities and communities throughout the southeast to help feed disadvantaged families and individuals during the holiday season. “The job of feeding our rapidly growing world population has never been more critical,” said Southern States President and CEO Tom Scribner. “Joining the effort to see that everyone has the food they need, especially during the holiday season, adds a community focus to this world-wide challenge.”
Continuing through December 15, many Southern States locations will be working with area food banks to help fill the shelves with food that will go to families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. These participating retail locations will serve as collection centers for customers who bring in canned goods and non-perishable items, and Southern States will make regular deliveries of the donated items to the food banks. “We have a responsibility both as an agriculture cooperative and as caring individuals to be a part of the efforts to feed hungry people” said Turner Gravitt, Southern States director of member relations. “This Holiday Food Drive is just an extension of the commitment we have made to the community, our nation and our world.”
Anyone interested in making a contribution may contact their participating Southern States retail location for more information about the 2014 Southern States Holiday Food Drive. Southern States is a Richmond, Virginia-based farm supply and service cooperative, founded in 1923, that now has more than 200,000 farmer-members. As one of the nation’s largest agricultural cooperatives, it provides a wide range of farm inputs, including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed and pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. The cooperative serves its members and non-member customers through 1,200 retail outlets. Please visit http://www.southernstates.com for more information.
Note to Editors: Attached is a list of possible participants in our 2014 Food Drive. The locations highlighted in yellow will participate. Please contact any of the other locations listed to verify participation before printing this news release.