By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Food drive tops goal
Placeholder Image
Forsyth County News

On the Net

For more information or to sign up, visit

The Food for Thought Project collected a ton of food — literally.

In the nonprofit’s second home pickup, volunteers on Saturday collected more than 2,400 pounds of food from participating Forsyth County homes.

The donations were delivered to five local food banks: Mountain Lake Church; Abba House Ministries; Cumming First United Methodist Church; St. Joseph’s Food Pantry; and Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

Group co-founder Shari Nunez said the amount of food collected and the number of people signed up surpassed the goals set for August.

"We have just been floored by the generosity of this community," she said.

Nunez, her husband and a neighboring Forsyth County couple launched Food for Thought project earlier this year.

The community initiative gathers food donations from doorsteps every other month and delivers the collections to local food banks.

People who sign up on the program’s Web site will receive a bright orange bag at their home.

The program recommends that participants pick up one extra food item to place in the orange bag each time they go grocery shopping.

The next pickup is scheduled for Oct. 8.

Nunez said the group hopes to hit 300 sign-ups and 3,000 pounds for the third collection day.