MINERSVILLE — The Minersville Area Food Drive is seeking donations as the need for food is great this year.
The food drive committee will collect money and food starting Tuesday until Feb. 28 at Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church at South Fourth and Spencer streets.
Those who want to donate non-perishable food items should call 570-544-2739. Monetary donations can be mailed to Minersville Area Food Drive Committee, 529 Lytle St., Minersville, PA 17954.
According to a press release, the food drive’s purpose is to “provide economically disadvantaged individuals in the Minersville Area with food during the holiday season and into the New Year.”
Founder and committee Chairman Edward M. Butler said that this year’s drive is particularly important because more people are suffering from food insecurity due to the economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The price of food at grocery stores has also increased, making it more challenging for those on fixed incomes.
Committee members will package and distribute food on Dec. 11, 12 and 13 by appointment.
Butler said it is being done over three days to manage the flow of people coming in and volunteers at the site. The food will be given out regardless of income levels.
“Anyone who needs food can come and get some,” he said.
Butler said the committee has already received donations and purchased food at local grocery stores.
“We anticipate donations may be a challenge due to the pandemic,” he said.
Butler described the drive as “one central community endeavor,” ensuring that more people are fed and there is less of a waiting list.
Donations are being accepted into the new year as that allows people who do end up on a waiting list and those looking for extra food to receive it.
For this year’s drive, the committee is collaborating with Minersville area service clubs, including the Minersville Area Lions Club, the Highridge Business Park, the Boy Scouts of America’s Scouting for Food program, fire companies and churches.
As an example, Butler cited Boy Scout Troop 600 from Llewellyn, which he said donated 3,200 pounds of food that it collected during the Scouting for Food program.
To register for food, people should call 570-544-2739.