New Year’s Eve Virtual Pickle Drop
Thursday, December 31, 2020
For 20 years, Mt. Olive Pickle has marked New Year’s Eve with the Pickle Drop in our hometown of Mount Olive, NC. Since the first public event in 2001, we’ve held a canned food drive, asking those who attend to bring donations of food or funds.
Like so many events in 2020, this year’s Pickle Drop is canceled. Instead, we will webcast a 30-minute compilation of past pickle drops this December 31 from 6:30-7:00 p.m. on YouTube. So, as always, the pickle will come down the pole at 7 o’clock sharp!
We also wish to continue the tradition of supporting Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, so we are launching this virtual food drive for New Year’s Eve. We are asking our Mt. Olive Pickle fans – the best fans in the world – to support Food Bank of CENC’s vital work in our community. Donate anytime from now through Wednesday, January 6, 2021, and Mt. Olive will match the first $5,000 in donations!
While a food drive has been a part of the pickle drop tradition since the very first public event in 2001, this year’s virtual food drive, in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, takes on a different urgency. In the first four months of the pandemic, Food Bank spent $2.3 million purchasing food, which is more than twice its annual food purchase budget.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and its 900 partner agencies serve 34 counties. It distributed the equivalent of 75 million meals in its last fiscal year, which included the first four months of the pandemic. Mt. Olive’s relationship with Food Bank extends to the first year the Food Bank opened in 1980.