With the chair of Payson’s food drive deployed to New York City to help clean up after Hurricane Sandy, fellow organizers are regrouping to keep the drive on track.
Roger Kreimeyer said Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency asked him to help with recovery in New York for the next 30 days.
That means Community Presbyterian Church Pastor Chuck Proudfoot is assuming leadership of the Payson Area Food Drive with help from Realtor Cliff Potts.
“This food drive is important and I appreciate everyone doing their best to help us reach our very worthy goals,” Kreimeyer said. “I look forward to seeing you again in December and completing the drive.”
So far, cash donations total about $1,000, said John Wilson.
Food donations have not been tallied, said food collection chairman Mac Feezor.
Volunteers made their first collection of food donations Wednesday night from Walmart.
Organizers hope to collect 65,000 pounds of food and $50,000 by Feb. 3, Super Bowl Sunday, to help subsidize local food banks, which have been swamped with needy families and individuals.
The Presbyterian Church food bank recently reported that it had 406 clients in October, the most in one month ever.
The PAFD is organizing a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Senior Center to benefit the drive. The cost for adults is $7 and $3 for children.
There will also be a movie fund-raiser Dec. 10 at Sawmill Theatre.