Making a difference: Museum food drive addresses local hunger
Published Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 12:00 AM
SPENCER — To help local communities address hunger issues, the North Carolina Museum of Dolls, Toys and Miniatures will hold its second annual Kids “CAN” Make-A-Difference Food Drive.
During the event, scheduled for January 18th to 20th, donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the museum, 108 Fourth Street, Spencer, during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. can be brought to. .
Beth Nance, the museum’s founder and executive director, shared how the food drive began, saying, “We recognized the need for our community to come together to support food banks.” Ta. So we thought this was a great opportunity for kids to get involved. ”
Nance said giving back to the community is something they continually try to do, as well as “trying to inspire kids to be good stewards of the community.” So I thought this was a good fit. ”
According to the museum’s website, children 14 and under who bring three or more food items will be admitted to the museum for free during the food drive.
“It’s easy for them, it doesn’t take a lot of effort or a lot of money, but it has a huge impact and a huge benefit,” Nance added.
All items collected during the event will be donated to Rowan Support Ministries on Long Street in Salisbury.
For a list of most-needed food supplies, visit the ministry’s website at rowanhelpingministries.org/donate/ and click on “Wish List” to see what supplies are available.
Nance commented that they decided to hold the annual event on this particular day because many people celebrate Christmas during the holiday season. It is conscientious because the need is there all year round. We thought it would be a great time for children to be grateful for the gifts they received at Christmas and give back in a thoughtful way to make an impact in their community. ”
Even in museums
Another program offered by local museums is “Museums for All.”
Through this program, people receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) receive free admission to more than 1,200 museums across the United States.
The North Carolina Museum of Dolls, Toys and Miniatures is included on this list and is the only museum in Rowan County participating in this program.
Museum administrator Saskia Casanova pointed out that up to four people can enter the museum for free by presenting an EBT card and photo ID. The additional charge will be $1.
“This program aims to improve access to the museum and allow everyone to join us in our mission to preserve, protect, and educate the public about dolls, toys, and miniatures. ” she concluded.