Donate food to Pounding this Saturday


20th annual year seeks to fill the needs of Florence Food Share and area families

Nov. 18, 2020 — This Saturday is the 20th annual Pounding for Florence Food Share. Founded by Florence resident Cindy Wobbe, this is a chance for people to donate pounds of food which will then be matched one-to-one with a monetary donation from Top Hydraulics.

This year’s Pounding will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot at Florence Grocery Outlet, 2066 Highway 101. People are welcome to bring canned fruits and vegetables, frozen turkeys, peanut butter, jam, rice, beans, sugar, flour and any non-perishable food item.

This COVID-compliant event will be a “drive-thru and drop” donation format.

“Folks can pull right up, they don’t have to get out of the car, and they can pop the trunk,” Wobbe said. “Volunteers will handle all of the rest.”

Florence Food Share volunteers have received training on how to process food donations and interact with people in the safest way. There will also be additional observance at the event to ensure proper protocols.

People can bring food from their pantries or shop at any of the stores in town. If they shop at Grocery Outlet, there will be signs indicating the food share’s most needed items and volunteers to run shopping carts to the donation center in the parking lot.

“We’re taking (the event) outside, spreading it out and creating space,” Wobbe added. “We’re making it as easy and as safe as possible for people to continue to participate.”

All donations from the Pounding go to Florence Food Share.

The food share, 2190 Spruce St., is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 541-997-9110 or visit www.florencefoodshare.org.

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