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Food drive to help the hungry in Charlotte underway as Realtors reach out to needy

Maria Wurtzbacher of the W Realty Group, left, Brenda Brantley of Center City Realty, Joy Kiser of First American Home Warranty and Ian Leonard of 5 Points Realty scrape a wall as Realtor volunteers work on exterior repair at The Free Store on East 15th Street during Realtors Care Day on April 17, 2015.
Maria Wurtzbacher of the W Realty Group, left, Brenda Brantley of Center City Realty, Joy Kiser of First American Home Warranty and Ian Leonard of 5 Points Realty scrape a wall as Realtor volunteers work on exterior repair at The Free Store on East 15th Street during Realtors Care Day on April 17, 2015. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Realtors Care Day, an annual multicounty day of service for Realtors in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, is returning soon, and this time with a twist to help even more people get involved. The event has added a food drive this year, and the public is encouraged to donate.

Each year, hundreds of Realtor volunteers come together for Realtors Care Day to provide housing repairs for homeowners. This year’s day of service is April 28, and 700 volunteers are expected to provide fixes for residents across Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties, including replacing windows and installing new kitchen cabinets.

The food drive is a new addition to this year’s event, and is already underway, organizers said.

The public can donate by bringing food such as canned goods, beans and rice to designated drop-off sites. The main drop-off site is 1201 Greenwood Cliff Road in Charlotte. A complete list of drop-off sites can be found at http://www.carolinahome.com/food-drive.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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