A canned food drive at Liberty University’s Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre has been so successful in helping local families in need that it is being extended another week to reach beyond the community and help tornado victims.
The Centre has collected 1,600 pounds of food since the drive began two weeks ago, which has been donated to the Lynchburg Area Food Bank and The Daily Bread. Through Sunday, March 18, all non-perishable food collected will be distributed through Gleaning for the World to victims of the tornadoes that swept through several states last week.
The collection is a partnership with Central Virginia Disability Association, Inc., which set a goal to collect 5,000 pounds of food.
“This (Friday) was going to be our last day, but there’s a lot of families still hurting because of the tornadoes, and this is one way the Liberty family and the city can help out those in need and not have to leave Lynchburg to go do it,” said Drew Sherwood, general manager at the Snowflex Centre.
Everyone who brings at least two cans of food will receive a free ticket to ski, tube, or snowboard at the Snowflex Centre on the same day they donate; those who give 20 cans will receive free tickets for their entire family, along with free equipment rentals.
Sherwood said the Centre is hoping to double what it has collected so far and is proud of the donations that have poured in from the community and Liberty students.
“Snowflex is one of the attractions in the city where we’ve had a lot of success in numbers; it’s a benefit the school has to be able to reach the community and to give a larger voice for situations like this,” Sherwood said. “The students have been getting involved as well. Even though it’s free for them here, they are bringing cans to show their support.”
Food with past expiration dates will not be accepted.