The Dixon Hughes Goodman accounting firm will hold its second Count the Cans Community Collection Day food drive at Chase Tower this Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will benefit the Mountaineer Food Bank, which serves 48 counties and more than 600 feeding programs in the state.
"Food banks have an increased need for donations in the summer months because children who rely on school meals are out of school and because there are fewer donations from the general public due to summer schedules and vacations," said Brooke Lord, marketing and development manager at Dixon Hughes Goodman.
The firm's food drive last year brought in more than 3,500 food items for the food bank. Lord said the donations last year were crucial in helping meet the needs for food statewide following the June 29 derecho.
The collection area will be at the corner of Summers and Virginia streets. Lord said volunteers will be waiting by the street so donors won't have to get out of their cars to drop off food.
"Cars can enter from the Kanawha Boulevard onto Summers Street and go through the drop off line where representatives will collect the food item donations," she said.
Any non-perishable, canned food items are welcome. Organizers said the most needed items are canned meats, peanut butter, boxed meals (such as Hamburger Helper), cereal, crackers, gelatin, granola bars, pudding, fruit cups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, fruit juice, pasta, rice, canned soups, dry or canned beans, powdered milk and household cleaning items.