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Food banks need your help

| Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

The holidays are a terrible time to go hungry.

There's no good time, of course, but when Christmas is on the way and festive celebrations are in the air, it's an awful feeling to not be able to put enough food on your family's table.

Area food banks have traditionally stepped in to help those in need. But two years of a rough economy, combined with continued funding cuts, have left many food banks short on supplies.

That's why the Westmoreland County Food Bank is appealing to county residents to conduct food drives. Food bank officials are hoping these efforts provide enough food to help not only through the holiday season, but well into 2011.

Jennifer Miller, food bank development director, says the appeal is targeted toward organizations, clubs, schools, colleges or anyone else who is moved to help.

The Salem Township-based food bank provides assistance to more than 15,000 country residents each month, including an estimated 540 in the Mid-Mon Valley. That imposing need places a great strain on the food bank's limited resources.

There is no more worthy cause than providing food for people who would otherwise go hungry. We encourage anyone who has the ability, to please respond to the food bank's call and help to ensure its pantry is fully stocked for the holiday season.

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