Food drive

Some of the food collected at the beginning of the Watauga County Parks and Recreation food drive.

Eager to do their part for the community, Watauga County Parks and Recreation has partnered with local charitable organizations Hospitality House, Hunger and Health Coalition and Casting Bread to provide food for those in need of a helping hand this winter. The food drive began on Jan. 11, and will continue until Feb. 12.

“We just wanted to give back to the community and help out a little bit during the pandemic,” said Stephen Poulos, director of Watauga County Parks and Rec. “With COVID we know that there’s a lot of people suffering and we just want to do our part.”

Currently, the WCP&R is collecting items such as low sodium canned vegetable, canned fruit in juice, water, or light syrup, canned tuna in water, low sodium canned beans, cereals such as grits, oatmeal and raisin bran, brown rice, peanut butter, canned chicken, dry milk, evaporated milk or shelf-stable milk, high fiber granola bars, whole wheat pasta and scores of other nonperishable items. According to Poulos, this is the first time that WCP&R has held a food drive, however, If things go according to plan the WCP&R hopes to continue the event in the future.

“I have the feeling that we’ll probably be making this an annual event, but let’s get through the first year and see how it goes,” said Poulos.

WCP&R hopes to deliver the donated items to local food pantries by Valentines Day. Those interested in donating can drop off food-items at the Watauga Community Recreation Center Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information about this program visit or call (828) 264-9511. WCP&R can also be found on social media at

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