Large turnout for food drive

by Tony on May 5, 2014

Organizers of Saturday’s food drive outside North Conway’s Hannaford supermarket were kept busy as shoppers generously contributed food items.

Conway Police Dept. Dispatch Sup. Joanne MacKenzie – who came up with the idea – says the “End 68 Hours of Hunger” started in Dover, New Hampshire in 2011.

Chief Ed Wagner praised MacKenzie for organizing the drive that provides food to students who otherwise might go hungry over a weekend.

Conway Police maintained a high profile at Hannafords with several police cruisers and a command trailer that was filled with donated food.

More than a $1,600 in cash was also donated.

MacKenzie says the food is packed in plastic bags or backpacks and given directly to school administrators so only they know which children participate in the program – and every dollar donated to the program goes directly to buy food.