Update: Salvation Army of Rome’s Captain Jason Smith says some 85,000 cans/boxes and counting have been donated during Friday’s Can-A-Thon at the Coosa Valley Fairgounds. “Additional cans and funds will be collected over the next week or so. It is down from previous years.” Pepperell High students collected 19,000 cans on their own, according to WRGA.
The 36th Annual Can-A-Thon returns today, Friday, Nov. 30 at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. The event will be held from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the new convenient location and will include a donation drive-thru service.
“Last year, we provided 11,111 hot meals through our daily feeding program. More than 60 families receive assistance through our Grocery Assistance Program each month,” says Capt. Jason Smith. “With over 100,000 non-perishable items collected annually, Can-A-Thon support sThe Salvation Army’s efforts to alleviate hunger throughout Rome-Floyd County.”
An estimated 120,000 cans and non-perishable food items were collected during last year’s event. All items collected benefit the Salvation Army of Rome’s grocery assistance program and are not used elsewhere.
Non-perishable items needed: canned meats, fruit, vegetables, peanut butter and boxed dinners.
Suggested items include:
- Canned Meats: ham, tuna, corned beef
- Canned fruits
- Canned veggies:
-Green veggies are great for pregnant women and children.
-Unsalted veggies are great for people with diabetes.
- Goods/food items that won’t go bad (e.g., rice, pasta, powdered milk)
- Pop-top cans: Easy to open for people who don’t have stable housing or kitchen utensils, like can openers