The Westmoreland Food Bank is requesting the community to host food drives for assistance moving into the holiday season.
The Westmoreland Food Bank distributes food year round to low income individuals and those with emergent situations who are in need of food. At a time when the cost of groceries and other basic needs is high due to inflationary pressures, more people are seeking services from the organization for the first time. Referrals to the organization’s food pantries have surpassed last year’s overall referral numbers—with two months still remaining in the year.
While the non-profit organization relies on food and funding from the federal and state governments and fundraising and grants to purchase food, nearly fifty percent of the food distributed is donated. Last year, donated food totaled 2.5 million pounds distributed. To date the organization is about 500,000 pounds behind last year’s total, but is serving more people than last year. Donated food is distributed to forty food pantries across the county, and is used to support additional supplemental programs for families, seniors, children and veterans.
Historically, as the holiday season approaches, the demand for services increases—however, the organization has seen a steady increase in demand throughout 2023. As a result, the Westmoreland Food Bank is requesting that people consider hosting a Food Drive to help support this increase in demand. Monetary donations are also always welcome.
Jennifer Miller, Westmoreland Food Bank CEO, stated “The more donated food we receive, the more food we can provide to our neighbors seeking assistance. Many people are generous to support the food bank during the holidays—however there has been increased demand all year long. The Food Bank serves people twelve months out of the year. And it is always the right time to support your neighbors.”
The Westmoreland Food Bank requests only non-perishable items and no glass jars.
The most needed items requested are:
Canned chicken, salmon, tuna, etc.
Low sodium canned vegetables and canned fruits in 100% juice or water
Whole Grain cereals
Macaroni and Cheese
Boxed Meals (Hamburger Helper, potato side dishes, etc.)
Canned Meals (Stews, Ravioli, etc.)
Additional Information available at www.westmorelandfoodbank.org/donate
For more information about setting up a Food Drive to benefit the Westmoreland Food Bank please contact Gina Colosimo at 724-468-8660 extension 31 or email@example.com
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