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Second Harvest sets food share

Times Observer file photo The Second Harvest of Northwest Pennsylvania is hosting a Military Share Distribution at the Warren County VA Clinic on Wednesday, March 11, at 3:45 p.m.

Chances are, you or someone you know in the Warren area has served in the armed forces.

The Second Harvest of Northwest Pennsylvania is hosting a Military Share Distribution at the Warren County VA Clinic on Wednesday, March 11, at 3:45 p.m.

The Military Share is a Produce Express Program of Second Harvest, and is designed to include fresh, nutritious foods for families with at least one member who has served or is serving in the armed forces or National Guard. They provide fresh fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, and onions, along with other groceries and frozen foods.

Milk and eggs are distributed as well, based on availability to Second Harvest.

In the past, this program has had the honor of distributing food to as many as 80 individuals. However, in recent years, fewer than half that number have been in attendance.

The reason for this decrease in participation is unknown, but could potentially be due to weather conditions or scheduling conflicts in years passed.

With the mild winter this year, Second Harvest encourages you to attend if you or a loved one are local and an active military member, veteran, or a member of a military family in need of food.

Second Harvest currently operates Military Share food distributions in four counties — Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Warren, and provides food to more than 600 people in approximately 250 combined households.

The food distribution is free to income-qualifying active military, and military veterans of any branch and their families. Participation is welcome to anyone who is interested and qualifies.

For more information, call Bailey Giesbrecht, the mobile food pantry coordinator at Second Harvest, at (814) 459-3663 ext. 109.

The next Military Share distribution after March 11 will be held on May 1.

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