Canned Food Drive Campaign targeted at Great Frederick Fair
Help put a SMILE under the NOSES of those in need in Frederick County
FREDERICK, MD—Each and every month, some 1400 families in Frederick County need help with putting food on their table. That’s 1400 families too many. To help combat those needs, The Great Frederick Fair, Reithoffer Shows, The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, and the Frederick Community Action Agency are doing something about fighting hunger in our community … and you CAN, too.
During the 151st Great Frederick Fair, you, along with the above partners, can team up to put a smile under the noses of those in need in our community and make your canned food donations at the fair, September 13-21. The canned food drive at the fair is also tied in with the International Association of Fairs and Expos DREAM Big campaign with fairs around the world feeding the hungry. The goal is to collect 20 million pounds of food from fairs around the globe by early December.
In 2012, The Great Frederick Fair and its stakeholder partners collected more than 10,000 pounds of food at the nine-day fair, the first attempt at every doing such a drive. Mike Spurrier with the Community Action Agency said it was one of the largest collection ever logged in the city/county.
All of the stakeholders felt the first year attempt to be such a success that we’re doing it again in 2013. Of the 20+ passenger tubs on the carnival’s Dutch Wheel, it’s estimated that about half of the tubs were in theory filled with canned food products.
“Reithoffer Shows actually made the suggestion to the fair to do a local food drive last year,” said Becky Brashear, the fair’s general manager. “We immediately loved the idea, and we still love … it’s a way to get our commuity involved with the fair in a non-traditional way. It will be a win/win for everyone, especially now that the Religious Coalition and Community Action Agency are involved as supporting partners.
“The Dutch Wheel is a huge icon on the fairgrounds … in theory we want to see each one of those tubs filled … and then some … to help take care of our community and its needs,” she continued.
“We really can’t help but thank Pat and Rick Reithoffer from Reithoffer Shows, Rev. Brian Scott from the Religious Coalition and Mike Spurrier with the Community Action Agency in helping to make this campaign possible.”
Throughout the week, the two agencies will staff the canned food collection site at the fair’s Plaza, located between the Home Arts and the 4-H Exhibition Buildings.
Fairgoers are asked to only provide canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables and canned soups. Food Bank locations benefitting from the “Fill the Wheel” campaign are Frederick, Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Jefferson, Middletown, Thurmont, Walkersville, Knoxville and Urbana.