Speedway has partnered with the Algood Police Department and Trinity Church for a local food drive Saturday.
Patrol Commander Lieutenant Bryan Whitefield said this is the first Pack-A-Cruiser food drive for the department. Whitefield said the idea was brought to him.
“I got an email from the Speedway Corporation back last December,” Whitefield said. “And started working this up and they finally set the dates and stuff on it for this Saturday.”
Speedway already has a donation box set up for non-perishable food items for anyone who cannot attend. However, Whitefield said this is a chance for residents to play their own role in supporting the needy in Algood.
“Saturday, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM I will have one of our patrol cruisers, one of the Explorers will be parked in front of Speedway,” Whitefield said. “For anybody that wants to put donations or give donations of a non-perishable nature. They will in turn be transferred over to the Trinity outreach program.”
Whitefield said Trinity Church already having an outreach program made them a logical partner in this event. He said getting this corporate sponsor for a food drive comes at a time when the need is growing.
“We get more requests for assistance, you visibly see more homeless out on the intersections,” Whitefield said. “I think that part of our population is growing. I think it’s more in Cookeville but it’s spreading this way.”
The Algood Police cruiser will be set up at the 635 West Main Street Speedway from Noon until 3:00 PM. If anyone is interested in donating but cannot attend, Speedway has a donation box inside this location.