Second Harvest Food Bank, WICU Television, Channel 12, and Northwest Savings Bank have launched the Seventh Annual Food Drive and Fundraiser in Warren County.
According to Jennie Minich, spokesman for the effort and assistant manager of Northwest Savings' downtown Warren Office, the team is urging other businesses and community groups to join this year's effort by coordinating a Food Drive/Fundraiser at their own places of business. "We're asking every business or group in Warren County to take part," she said. "Ask your employees and associates to donate non-perishable food-canned and boxed goods-and frozen turkeys or donations in the form of cash or checks. They can be dropped off at any Northwest Savings Bank office in Sheffield, Tidioute, Warren or Youngsville and we'll work with the Second Harvest Food Bank to make sure that they get where they're needed most."
Alternately, individual donors may drop off gifts of food or funds at any Northwest Savings Bank Office at any time from now until Wednesday, November 16.
"On Nov. 16," Minich continued, "the program will peak with "Drive-Through Donation Day." On that day, WICU TV, Channel 12 will broadcast live from Northwest's West Side Office in Warren to televise live donations as they are made at the bank's drive-through banking facility at 125 Ludlow Street. We'll be there with WICU, on live TV, from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., so come down and you might get to see yourself on television." Using Northwest's West Side Office as this year's drop off point continues a tradition that dates back to 2005.
Food donations will benefit the First Church of the Nazarene, Warren, The St. Joseph Church Food Pantry, Warren, The Sheffield Area Food Pantry, Sheffield, and The Youngsville Evangelical United Methodist Church, Youngsville.
Corry will also hold a drive-through donation drive for non-perishable food donations and gifts of checks and cash at its location at 80 West Columbus Avenue in Corry on Nov. 16.
"The vital thing we want to communicate is the need for food," Ms. Minich concluded. "We've set our goals high again this year. We hope to raise over $5,000 and as many pounds of food as possible. That's more than we've raised in past years, but I know, with the generosity of Warren County's residents, that we can do it."
According to national statistics, a donation of food equal to $1 made to a food bank equals $17 in food at retail prices.
For more information, contact Jennie Minich at 814-723-9696.