Truckloads of donated food make Summer Food Drive a success

by: Erica Bryant Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - All day long at Eyewitness News, people stopped by to drop off donations for the Summer Food Drive to help Second Harvest Food Bank.

The food bank said the collection is so critical every year because in the summer, children are not getting a guaranteed lunch at school.

The donations collected on Wednesday will make a huge difference, the food bank said.

Lee Gross brought a trunk full of food. He said it's the first time he's ever donated such a large amount.

“It won't help a whole lot maybe, but if it helps a little, it satisfies us,” Gross said.

The entire bed of Cecil Neal's pickup truck was packed with donations. WSOC-TV had to bring out extra helpers to unload it all.

Many people donated pet food, which is also hard for struggling families to afford. Those donors were able to get their pets micro-chipped by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for a discount.

A large amount of the pet food was donated by the foundation of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.

And the station got a surprise visit from another well-known athlete: former NBA player and North Carolina State University star David Thompson.

He brought some of the foods he enjoyed as a child.

“I've got a sweet tooth, so I gave some oatmeal cookies, some pork and beans and a lot of canned goods,” he said.

Myra Lowman donated not just food, but $40 in cash, which Second Harvest can turn into $280 worth of food.

“Your channel is on all day long and y’all just kept reminding me and I had to get up and get off my little butt and get over here and get something done,” she said.

The food will be sorted Thursday at the Second Harvest Food Bank. After that, it will be sent out to food pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies in 19 local counties to feed hungry families.