Irwin food pantry benefits from United Way holiday shopping spree
Krista Brown of Irwin had to plan her shopping spree route accordingly.
“I came to the store about a half-hour beforehand, checked the aisles, and checked to see what our food bank coordinators wanted,” said Brown, who won a three-minute shopping spree on Monday at the Charley Family Shop ’n Save in Greensburg. “Fortunately, it was around two aisles, so I spent most of my time there.”
Brown won the spree through the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s donor prize program, and was collecting food for the food pantry at her local church, First United Methodist in Irwin. Qualified donors are entered into a drawing, and the winner chooses a beneficiary organization for their groceries, in this case just under $693 worth of canned soup, pasta, tuna, peanut butter and more.
Last year, workplace campaigns, donations, sponsorships and grants helped the United Way raise $3.7 million in Westmoreland, Fayette, Butler, Allegheny and southern Armstrong counties.
Brown, who works at the Norwin Public Library and donated to the United Way through her workplace’s campaign, said the spree is the least she can do to help those less fortunate.
“I have a warm bed to sleep in every night, I have meals every day, I have a job I love, I have people who love me,” she said. “There are a lot of people who don’t have any of that, and if I can help in any way, if this can help put a meal on a child’s table, then it’s worth it, and I’m happy to do it whenever I can.”
In addition to groceries for the food pantry, Brown also received a $250 Shop ’n Save gift card.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, email@example.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.