United Way of Wayne County is holding a food drive “Fill the Theatre” on March 18 and 19. Start filling your bags or boxes to fill the seats of the Paramount Theatre Downtown Goldsboro with non-perishable food and personal hygiene items. Poverty impacts over 23,000 food insecure people in Wayne County which includes 7,500 hungry kids. Our local food pantries and shelters will soon experience an increase in demand when Wayne County schools dismiss for spring break followed by summer break. This is when some kids might go hungry because they don’t receive free or reduced lunch through their schools.
Donors who don’t want to park, can drop bags off with volunteers who will be outside the Paramount Theatre entrance at 139 Center Street from 9am to 7pm. Those who do come in will be encouraged to take a selfie and share their good work with their social networks. Local organizations, businesses, churches, schools and residents are encouraged to do food drives within their group, workplaces, and neighborhoods to help fill all 500 seats of the Paramount Theatre. Fill the Theatre is a benefit for food pantries and shelters such as Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Make a Difference, Student Pantries at WCC & UMO and Wayne County’s Domestic Violence Shelter. For suggestions on what is needed, a list can be found on the United Way of Wayne County’s website www.unitedwayne.org or follow them on Facebook.