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17th Annual Food Day at the Fair benefits Crisis Control Ministry

Free fair admission for donating non-perishable food items

WINSTON-SALEM — For the 17th year, Carolina Classic Fair has partnered with Crisis Control Ministry to hold a community food drive presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners. All day on Wednesday, Oct. 6, Crisis Control volunteers will be present at all gates to accept food donations and hand out fair tickets. Fair attendees who donate five non-perishable food items will receive one free ticket to the fair for that day only. Suggested items are canned fruit, rice, dried or canned beans, pasta, and anything else that is shelf stable and not in glass jars. There is no limit on the number of free tickets attendees may receive.

All donations will stock Crisis Control’s food pantries with non-perishable food items for over four months. Crisis Control Ministry’s client choice food pantries in Winston-Salem and Kernersville provide a two-week supply of groceries to almost 300 families a month.

“We are so excited to be able to host the food drive at the fair again this year,” said Margaret Elliott, executive director of Crisis Control Ministry. “In 2019, we collected over 70,000 items of food from over 13,000 fair attendees. We’re hoping to achieve similar numbers this year.”

The Carolina Classic Fair will take place from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 1-10 daily at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. To learn more, go to www.carolinaclassicfair.com.

Now in its 48th year and with offices in Winston-Salem and Kernersville, Crisis Control Ministry’s mission is to assist people in crisis to meet essential life needs and to become self- sufficient. As one of the largest emergency assistance providers in Forsyth County, Crisis Control Ministry provides short-term emergency services including mortgage and rent payments, utility bill assistance, food assistance, and prescription medication assistance to residents of Forsyth and Stokes Counties. For additional information, go to its website at www.crisiscontrol.org.