2018 1029 the Z Fall Food Drive Soars Past 2017 Totals

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Jeff Quick of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas and Sarah Bing of North Arkansas College help check in food during the final day of the 1029 the Z Food Drive. (Photos by Scott McCaulley)

by: Scott McCaulley

When the first Fall Food Drive collected over 47,000 Pounds of Food last year, 1029 the Z Morning Brew Host Lisa Johnson and others with Ozark Mountain Media Group and the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas wondered if that much food would be collected again. It turns out the people of the Harrison area upped the ante!

This year’s Fall Food Drive collected 67, 408 pounds of food when the drive officially shutdown around 12:30 Monday afternoon though more donations came in for a couple of hours after the official end of the event.

As she did last year, Lisa Johnson lived on the Wal-Mart Parking Lot in Harrison starting on Friday September 28 and broadcast live during the Food Drive with this year’s event also including special shows at Hudson’s Supermarket, Edwards Grocery, and Main Street Merchandise Outlet.

The over 67, 000 pounds of food collected, which also figured in cash donations in excess of $3500, will go to benefit many food pantries and organizations in Boone and Newton Counties through the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

Ozark Mountain Media Group and the Food Drive Sponsors, the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, and all the organizations would like to thank the residence of the area for their generous donations this year.

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1029 the Z’s Lisa Johnson does her final Broadcast for the Fall Food Drive.

The Organizations benefiting from the 2018 Food Drive and the Food Drive Sponsors are listed below:
Boone County Senior Activity and Wellness (Harrison)
Boone County Special Services (Harrison)
First Baptist Church Valley Springs
Good Neighbor Community Food Cupboard (Diamond City)
Harrison Back Pack Program
Lead Hill Back Pack Program
Manna Outreach (Alpena)
Maple Corner (Harrison)
Mercy Mall (Harrison)
Ozark Share and Care (Harrison)
Pete’s Pantry (NorthArk / Harrison)
Youth Bridge (Harrison)
Valley Springs Back Pack Program
Newton County Christian Food Room
Newton County Senior Activity and Wellness

Sponsors
Ozark Auto Body
Pioneer Propane
Dixie Outfitters

Sam Alexander Pharmacy
Bailey Ready Mix
Pace Industries
Cox Communications

North Arkansas College
Clay Maxey Ford
Wild Bill’s Travel Center
Wood Motor Company
Dunkin Auto Body
North Arkansas Regional Medical Center
Stone Bank
Earnest Shelter Insurance Agency