Smyrna Office Sponsors Food Drive

Smyrna, Tenn. – The Smyrna branch office of Crye-Leike, Realtors is sponsoring a Food Drive Festival on December 1, 2001, to benefit the Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank. The public is invited to help those in need by bringing non-perishable food items to the Crye-Leike Smyrna branch office, located at 599 Sam Ridley Parkway West, where food drive festivities are planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crye-Leike is providing various activities for children attending the event.  Santa will be available for photos, and children will enjoy face painting and Christmas cookies.

“The number of families in need has increased so much this year,” said Martha Mankin, director of the Food Bank in Smyrna.

The Food Bank accepts more than food items, noted Mankin.  It also accepts hygiene items, clothing, furniture, money and many other miscellaneous items. “We can use about anything you have at your house,” Mankin said.  “We’ll take it if it’s in good condition.”

The Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank is a non-profit agency funded by United Way, private individuals and organizations, along with several area churches.  Organized in 1983 to feed the needy at the military base in Smyrna, the Food Bank has since grown to serve all qualified applicants and their families of North Rutherford County. It served 2,700 food boxes last year.

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 25 years, is the nation’s 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.

For more information on Crye-Leike, Realtors’ Smyrna-LaVergne Food Drive, contact event director Kendra Cooke of Crye-Leike, Realtors in Smyrna at (615) 220-1300 or Martha Mankin of Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank at (615) 355-0697.