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Northwest, Second Harvest and Erie News Now plan food drive

Photos submitted to the Times Observer From left: Northwest employees Jennie Miller and Sharey Sveda of the Downtown Warren office and Krista Fitzsimmons of the Warren Commons office prepare for the annual food drive sponsored by the bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Erie News Now.

Northwest Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Erie News Now are working together to raise donations of food and money to benefit local residents in need across Warren County.

The event will take place Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items such as canned and boxed goods and frozen turkeys will be accepted.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, this year’s drive will be a “Trunk Only” event. Donors are asked to arrive with donations in the trunk of their vehicle and a volunteer, wearing a mask and gloves, will be able to collect it from there.

All volunteers will follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks and use hand and surface sanitizers frequently. Anyone who comes to the drive should also wear a mask.

People can drop off cash and food donations on Liberty Street between Pennsylvania and Second Avenues. Volunteers will be on site and Erie News Now will broadcast live from location.

From left: Northwest employees Krista Fitzsimmons of the Warren Commons office, Sharey Sveda and Jennie Miller of the Downtown Warren office prepare for the annual food drive sponsored by the bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Erie News Now.

Non-perishable or monetary donations can also be dropped off at any Northwest office in Sheffield, Warren or Youngsville from now until November 18.

Donations will benefit the First Church of the Nazarene Food Pantry, St. Joseph Church, Sheffield Area Food Pantry and the Youngsville Evangelical United Methodist Church.

“Over the years, Northwest has helped raise money and collect thousands of pounds of food–all of which has benefited local agencies and stayed within Warren County. In light of COVID-19 and the financial difficulties that many families may be facing, these donations will be more important than ever,” noted Krista Fitzsimmons, event spokesperson and manager of the Northwest office on Jackson Run Road.

For more information about this year’s food drive, call Fitzsimmons at 814-726-1610.

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