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Firefighters begin food drive Monday

| Saturday, May 12, 2012, 6:08 p.m.

Westmoreland County firefighters will embark on a community food drive Monday that continues through Feb. 23.

Several local fire departments will act as drop-off sites, as will the Hempfield Township Municipal Building, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Bins and barrels will be outside select fire companies for the deposit of donated items.

The food bank, located in Delmont, is experiencing its first food shortage in more than a decade. Many county fire departments united to participate in the food drive in hopes of gathering items such as canned vegetables, fruit, soup, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, body soap and diapers.

Fire companies involved include Greensburg, Latrobe, Jeannette, Hempfield Township, Mt. Pleasant, Forbes Road, West Point, Delmont, Unity Township and Carbon. Mutual Aid also is involved.

People may call the fire companies to see if their local department is involved, or they may call the food bank at 724-468-8660. Monetary donations also are welcome.

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