Friday October 12, 2012

WALPOLE, N.H. -- Eight employees of Cold River Materials will be on hand at the Shaw’s supermarket Saturday to collect food donations for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.

They will accept non-perishable food items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the company also will have a dump truck and loader on display for children.

Stephen Turner, a sales representative at Cold River Materials, said the company’s community service committee thought a food drive would be a great event for the food shelf and got the ball rolling in August.

According to its website, the Fall Mountain Food Shelf, located in the Baker Building in Langdon, was founded more than 30 years ago by Mary Lou Huffling and Helen Bascom. It now staffs about 30 volunteers.

Huffling said the charity is very grateful for Cold Rivers Material’s generosity and caring.

"It’s very exciting because this time of year we’re usually very low on food and there are so many more families coming to us than we’ve ever had," she said, citing the rotten economy and cuts to welfare programs, such as food stamps, as reasons for the increase. "We don’t want anyone to go hungry.

"It’ll be a fun day," she added.

Turner said there will be a live two-hour radio broadcast courtesy of WKNE.

There will also be complimentary coffee donated by Jiffy Mart.

Cold River Materials held a similar charity event last month to benefit the a softball field in Chester, Vt., that was gravely affected by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.