By Apartment Finder Publisher – Dale Holder
Every year for the past 8 years, the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association has conducted a food drive for its member communities and vendor partners, with donations going to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. NAA recently recognized PTAA with a Paragon Award for the 2010 food drive which netted 220,000 cans of food!
Unfortunately, the fight didn't end there. In 2011, the Food Research & Action Center rated Winston-Salem the worst in the nation for food hardship among households with children. Greensboro was ranked 17th in the nation. So the PTAA again set out in 2011 on it's 8th annual food drive. The food drive committee, headed up by Apartment Finder's Triad Senior Publisher, Dale Holder, partnered up with local TV stations, the local semi-pro baseball teams in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro, and even recruited the mayors of both cities to support the campaign.
Each year the food drive includes the friendly cross Triad competition between the WS Dash and Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball teams, with the mayors of each city promoting the "Fill the Stands with Cans" event with TV commercial spots donated by the local NBC affiliate, WXII-12. (30-sec.commercial attached).
At the end of the food drive this September, Second Harvest collection trucks and drivers were so over loaded and stretched too thin to visit area apartment communities that had run contest and food drive collections at their properties. The need was great and immediate, so Dale and PTAA executive director, Jon Lowder, rented a Ryder-lift gate truck and for 2 days drove all around the Triad, collecting the boxes of food from participating apartment communities that had not already been picked up by 2nd Harvest. When they delivered the 2 days collections to Second Harvest, it weighed over 2,800 lbs!
The goal this year was to out raise the 220,000 cans from last year with a total goal set of 250,000. When all was said and done and cans plus generous financial donations were tallied, the 2011 total reached 300,074 cans!