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Mon-Yough food banks prep for autumn events to feed the hungry

| Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 2:18 p.m.
Volunteers help stock the Westmoreland County Food Bank in Delmont.

Food banks serving the Mon-Yough area are joining 200 other affiliates of Feeding America in marking Hunger Action Month.

In Delmont on Thursday, Westmoreland County Food Bank will honor its former CEO Marlene Kozak at a Hunger Action Month luncheon.

Kozak retired at the end of 2012 and was succeeded by Norwin High School alumnus Kris M. Douglas.

The luncheon is the first of the food bank's fall activities, which will include the eighth annual Turkey Cup Challenge.

The school making the largest donation gets a cup engraved with its name and the year it won the challenge.

Participation has grown from six schools, which raised more than $10,000 the first year, to a dozen schools that netted more than $35,000 in 2011.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Miller said 10 schools participated last year and raised $31,289.51, with Yough Intermediate Middle School collecting $10,000 to win the cup.

“Going Orange for Hunger” participants put orange lights on their buildings or wear orange clothing and accessories.

Miller said orange is symbolic of hunger. Participants are invited to take photos of themselves in orange and send them to the food bank to be posted on its Facebook page.

The Westmoreland food bank will benefit from the sixth annual “Sing for Their Supper” hosted by the Irwin Business & Professional Association on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the S&T Bank along Third and Main streets in downtown Irwin.

More details are available by calling Irwin Councilwoman Gail Macioce at 412-877-2141.

The food bank serves 15,000 people. It operated as a subsidiary of the Duquesne-based Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank from 1982-2000. It was named an affiliate of America's Second Harvest, the national organization that became Feeding America in 2008.

The Greater Pittsburgh food bank is busy during Hunger Action Month and beyond.

On Monday, it will kick off “Bike to Feed Families,” with food being collected through Oct. 5 at the Carnegie Science Center. On Sept. 28, those who bring a nonperishable food donation get $2 off the admission price.

On Oct. 5, the food will be transported by bicycle over the Great Allegheny Passage to the Duquesne food bank facility.

Other events on the Duquesne-based food bank include an ethnic dinner and entertainment by the Sahana Indian Music Orchestra on Sept. 14 at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, 4600 Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. with the concert at 7. All proceeds benefit the food bank.

On Sept. 14, food bank donations will be accepted as part of a community paper-shredding hosted by state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, from 3-5 p.m. in the rear lower parking lot of West Mifflin No. 3 Volunteer Fire Co. along Rodeo Drive .

Kortz said his constituents can bring old bills, health and financial records and other documents to be shredded. More information is available by calling Kortz's constituent office at 412-466-1940.

Greater Pittsburgh food bank's seventh annual golf outing S.O.M.E. — So Others May Eat — is slated for Sept. 30 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park. Participants can register online at the website or by calling 412-460-3663 ext. 205.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or