“This past year has been a financial and mental strain on all of us, especially our local senior citizens,” the Franklin County Office of Aging stated. “Winter is approaching, and this year it will be especially tough for older homebound neighbors, and now they might have to choose between food and heat. Help make the decision easy by ensuring their shelves are stocked with warming soups.”

The office asks the public to donate soup and crackers to the Aging Service’s 5th Annual “Soup for Seniors” Food Drive, stating that contribution will make a “huge difference in the lives of your homebound neighbors.”

Donors may collect and deliver nutritious soups, crackers, canned meats and peanut butter between Feb. 1 and Feb. 5 to the Essig Recreation Center located at 295 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All the items collected will be put into reusable cloth bags and distributed into the homes of qualified elderly neighbors by the third week in February.

Last year, with help from the Franklin County schools, more than 5,000 canned goods were collected and distributed in more than 275 bags to local seniors in need.

“We hope to top that this year,” the Office of Aging stated. “The more we collect, the more we can help.”

For more information, contact Aging Services Specialist Flo Brown with the Franklin County Office of Aging at 540-483-9238 or florence.brown@franklincountyva.gov.

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