Food and cash for pantries can be donated at local chamber on MLK Day

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

There will be a local dropoff point for a special food and support collection effort on Martin Luther King Day called a “Stone Soup” event.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce will accept food or cash donations Monday, Jan. 19, as part of an effort to help support food pantries in Franklin County.

Food items will then be sorted from the dropoff centers and taken to food pantries around the county. The project is headed up by the local United Way and the Chambersburg Area Senior High School National Honor Society volunteers. They are working together with YMCAs, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Community Action Programs.

Other dropoff points in the county will be at the Chambersburg Crossings Shopping Center parking lot by Giant and Target, Waynesboro Area YMCA and the United Way of Franklin County are also serving as dropoff centers for food and support.

Organizers said that food and funding are needed to expand the reach of area assistance programs, as demands continue to increase. The groups are asking specifically for healthy vegetables and fruits that have a shelf life, like apples, carrots, potatoes, squash, celery, onions, beets, cabbage, nuts or peanut butter. Canned fruits and vegetables or whole grain pastas and rice are also helpful.

“Lower resourced individuals chronically suffer from poor health due to poor nutrition,” said Jay Eury, director of South Central Community Action Programs Gleaning Project.

“Most food pantries will accept all kinds of food donations, but fruits and vegetables are especially helpful.”

United Way volunteers will also be available to accept or pick up collected items from area companies throughout the week by contacting Amy Hicks, United Way of Franklin County, 717-262-0015 or 301-991-2016.