One of Charlotte’s biggest single-day charity programs is under way, with WFNZ hosting the 10th annual Street Turkeys food drive.
The sports talk station began the drive at 6 a.m., with WFNZ’s “Mac Attack” program airing live from the WFNZ Doghouse, at Mint and Morehead streets near Bank of America Stadium.
The Doghouse is the center of the program, and the public is invited to bring donations of food and money during the day.
The station’s other programs -- “On the Beat” (10 a.m.); “Bustin’ Loose” (noon); and “The Drive” (3-7 p.m.) -- also will air live from the Doghouse.
The Charlotte Bobcats are a major partner in the effort. Fred Whitfield, the team’s president and CEO, will be at the Doghouse during the day, along with other members of the team’s staff.
“As an organization, we pride ourselves on being great community partners, and the overwhelming response Street Turkeys has created makes giving back to the community all the more special,” Whitfield said.
The program was launched in 2003 by former afternoon on-air personality Mark Packer. Over the years, the public has donated thousands of dollars’ worth of food, along with monetary gifts. The food and money benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.