VLPRA Stocked Cart DROP-OFF set for Saturday

| November 11, 2016

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VALDOSTA – Food-raising is happening now for Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority’s 4th Annual Stocked Cart Race.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th and will take place at the VLRPA Administrative Offices although things will look slightly different. Due to unforeseen logistical issues, no shopping carts will be raced this year, but donations will be accepted! Local businesses and individuals are asked to donate a minimum of $25 worth of food items and are also reminded that no money will be accepted.

Donations may be dropped off beginning at 9:00 AM on Saturday and will be accepted through 10:30am. Although we will not be racing carts, VLPRA will still give an award for largest donation and will announce this winner on Monday November, 14th on their website and Facebook Page.

According to VLPRA, the real winner is “Hungry at Home”.  A pair of Lake Park Elementary School teachers started the charity when they realized some students were coming to school Monday mornings hungry because they had very little to eat at home.  The teachers jumped into action, creating backpacks filled with food that children take home on Fridays and bring back empty on Monday mornings.  The program is now active in five school systems in four counties including Valdosta City Schools and Lowndes County Schools.

Hungry at Home looks for specific types of food, particularly those that are high in protein and easy for children to prepare.  They say the best foods are pop-top meat products such as Vienna sausages, tuna, and microwaveable ravioli.  The group also looks for individual applesauce servings, Pop Tarts, peanut butter, small boxed cereals, granola bars, raisins, and fruit cups.  There is a full list at their website, http://www.hungryathome.org.  Please, no canned goods.

WHO: Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority (VLPRA)
WHAT: VLPRA Stocked Cart Race – DROP-OFF Only
WHEN: Saturday, November 12th, 2016
WHERE: VLPRA Administrative Offices – 1901 N. Forrest Street
HOW MUCH: Minimum $25 in food, no money accepted

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