HAZARD — More than four tons of food have been donated to the Corner Haven Homeless Shelter since Feb. 1. On Monday, employees from Save-A-Lot, along with volunteers, dropped off their fifth run to the homeless shelter with a truck load of donated food. This food drive is a part of Save-A-Lot’s 21st Annual Race day event.
Regional Manger Steve Stollings said a local pastor mentioned that Corner Haven Homeless Shelter had been struggling with food and Stollings said both stores in Hazard chose the homeless shelter because of that reason.
Previously, Save-A-Lot donated food to the shelter back during Christmas, but Stollings said during their fourth run the shelter told him that they had been down to eating cheese sandwiches before the first donation from Save-A-Lot arrived in February.
“Now we got their cupboard full and now they started filling the bedroom up. It makes us feel good that we are helping the community out,” said Stollings.
During their checkout, customers at Save-A-Lot were asked if they would be willing to buy a $6 food bag full of nonperishable food. The food would then be collected and then be transported once a week to the homeless shelter.
Shelter Director Dani Caudill says the shelter only receives a limited amount of federal funding each year but they also rely on private donations.
Caudill wants the customers and the community to know, ” I would love them to know that they are helping people who live here and people who are their neighbors and that they are helping children, adults, the elderly, everybody. They are just helping people who, maybe their SNAP benefits aren’t enough or maybe they are on a fixed income. Maybe they are not getting the child support they are entitled too and makes it harder to feed their family. I want them to know that it does feed people who need it and it goes to people in their community.”
The shelter currently doesn’t need any clothing or food donations, but Caudill said they are taking cash donations. She understands that people are skeptical of giving cash donations, but she assures the donations would be put to good use for the shelter.
Save-A-Lot’s 21st Annual Race Day will be held on April 2 at the Perry County Central High School. It is free to the public. A cookout and benefit auction will be held for Gunnar Hurt and Ricky Moore. This year it is held in the memory of Backer Jaws and Warren Draughn.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.