Brentwood hosting United Way food drive today

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Today’s your chance to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. And it’s as simple as dropping off canned food items and bottled water in the parking lot of the Shoppes at Brentwood.

The second annual Fill the Bus food drive will be held today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will benefit Wilson County pantries. The food drive is being held in conjunction with the United Way of Wilson County. The SPOT’s bus will be front and center in Brentwood where residents can drive up and drop off much-needed items for area food pantries.

“Please come out to see us at the food drive to help those in need of food and water in our own town of Wilson,” said Gary Proffitt, who spearheads the event. “The need is great and Wilsonians always step up to the plate to help when asked.”

Items needed include canned meats, canned vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, pasta, tomato sauce, canned beans, rice, water, juice boxes, individual packets of crackers, snack items or any nonperishable food item. Others items of note include hygiene and cleaning supplies.

Financial contributions will also be accepted on site and checks can be made out to the United Way of Wilson.

Proffitt said the goal is to collect as much food as possible to fill the shelves of Wilson’s food pantries which are in great need now, all the while keeping in mind the holidays are fast approaching and the shelves will become empty again.