Program to collect leftover food expands to Topsail Island

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 01:17 PM.

The group hopes to add a second location along the causeway at North Topsail Beach next summer.

The Emerald Isle group has started with two collection sites: one beside Bert’s Surf Shop at the corner of N.C. 58 and Islander Driver and another at Holiday Trav-L-Park at Coast Guard Road and Reed Drive. They are open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

The idea for each of the projects is to have visitors who are vacationing at the beach donate their leftover food items before they head home. It keeps vacationers from having to carry it home or waste food by throwing it away; it also helps others in need.

Food collected is donated to local food pantries.

The F3 project will donate what it collects to the Share the Table food pantry in Surf City, which is supported by Faith Harbor United Methodist Church in Surf City. The primary beneficiary of food items donated by the Emerald Isle project go to the food pantry operated by White Oak Ecumenical Outreach Ministries based in Swansboro.

Mende said they will have youth with the Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel assisting at the drop-off site and will be making it as convenient as possible for vacationers to drive through with donations so they don’t have to stop.

Organizers from both the Emerald Isle and F3 projects credit Spier for inspiring their efforts. In each case, they read a newspaper article last fall about the Holden Beach project and saw a good idea they felt could be duplicated in their own communities.



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