Food Banks in Need for the Holidays

Food Banks in Need for the Holidays

Food banks across the region are prepping for a busy holiday season.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Food banks across the region are prepping for a busy holiday season.

The State College Food Bank is gearing up for their biggest drive of the year Saturday and they need a lot of help.

'Tis the season of giving.

"We served about 821 households," State College Food Bank Executive Director, Carol Pioli, said.

Giving a meal to a hungry family.

"They have a special holiday distribution for Thanksgiving and another special holiday distribution at Christmas," Pioli said.

But for Pioli, it's about more than that.

"We try to make them feel comfortable, make them laugh, treat them like they like to be treated," she said.

Last November, the State College Food Bank served over 1,000 people. This year, they're anticipating a lot more.

"Whenever we heard rumors that there could be a cut in the SNAP program, we acted proactively," Pioli said. "We've extended the visits, added four more."

And it's not just here in State College. Food banks across the region need help this holiday season.

The American Rescue Mission's Food Pantry in Hollidaysburg say they've seen an increase in their clients this year and their shelves are running low.

This weekend may help.

Several food drives are being offered to help stock shelves.

The Subaru dealership in Curwensville is trying to fill a car with food for the local pantry. Home for the Holiday merchants will be giving away a $100.00 gift card to a lucky person. Donate a non-perishable food item to your local food bank. Drop it off at Wilkinsons Subaru at 312 South Street in Curwensville Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

In Centre County, boy scouts will be "Scouting for Hunger", collecting bags of food to donate to local food banks. Visit the State College Food Bank's website for more information about what to donate.

"I think we anticipate about 17,000 pounds," Pioli said. "Which is almost 8.5 tons of food."

Pioli says they can always use more food and gift card donations to help families for the holidays.

The Bedford Food Outreach center is also hosting a drive this weekend.
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