Community declared winner in co-op’s food drive contest

Volunteers at a canned food drive loading out of a pickup truckEmployees of Roanoke Electric Co-op kicked off this season of giving with a friendly competition between their respective departments. The challenge: To see which one could contribute the most goods, as part of a food drive.

Who won? At the end of the challenge last week, they all relished in the sweet taste of victory. The competition served to bring employees together as one for a greater cause, with one winner ultimately in mind: the community they serve.

Collectively, they contributed a total of 1,288 pounds of non-perishable goods to the food pantry at First Presbyterian Church in Ahoskie. The items, which included canned goods, boxes of rice, pasta and dried beans, were delivered to the church on Nov. 13.

“We are proud of the selfless collaboration amongst our employees,” said Marshall Cherry, the co-op’s chief operating officer. “The items will be given to local families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. We are thankful for their generosity, as we always strive to give back and strengthen the community in many ways.”