cannedfooddriveNewton, NC – The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a canned food drive to benefit the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) Hunger Prevention Program from Oct. 31 to Dec. 16.

Non-perishable food items accepted include canned fruits, canned soups, canned vegetables, boxes of grits, macaroni, rice, oatmeal, dried beans, and more.

The food collected will help local residents who may be disabled or handicapped, and those in need in the community.

Last year’s contribution total was 350 pounds of food. This year, the city hopes to surpass that total, further helping those in need throughout the community.

Donation locations include:

» Newton City Hall (401 North Main Ave.): 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday

» Newton Recreation Center (23 South Brady Ave.): 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

» Central Recreation Center (301 South Ervin Ave.): 5-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday

For more information, call the Newton Recreation Center at 828-695-4317.