Back Mountain Food Pantry seeks community assistance

First Posted: 10/27/2014

Help from the public is needed to restock the shelves at the Back Mountain Food Pantry. Demand for food is up substantially during this holiday time of the year and supplies are down due to summer vacations and family travel.

It is expected that about 200 Thanksgiving food orders will be distributed to registered clients just in time for the holiday. And as temperatures begin to fall, families and the elderly will have the dilemma of food vs. fuel or food vs. medications, Also children will be out of school for the holidays and will miss receiving meals at school.

Any individuals or groups wishing to conduct a food drive during November and December to help with the food needed for the season are encouraged to schedule delivery to the food pantry as soon as possible.

Call 570-696-2917 to schedule food drives and delivery dates so that volunteers can be on hand to receive, sort and organize the food. All food items should carry current dates to ensure their quality and nutritional value.

The food pantry is located in the lower level of the Trucksville United Methodist Church Administration Building.

Monetary donations for the food pantry holiday project may be sent to: Back Mountain Food Pantry, c/o Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville, PA 18708. Checks should be made payable to the Back Mountain Food Pantry.

Smaller amounts of donated food from individuals may be dropped off at Cook’s Pharmacy, Rt. 309, Shavertown; Hilbert’s Tractor Store, Rt. 415, Dallas; and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, off Rt. 118, Dallas, during their regular hours of operation.

Suggested nonperishable food items needed during November and December are: cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, boxed dried potato mix, canned sweet potatoes, canned gravy, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, rice, pasta, canned evaporated milk, hot chocolate mix, tea, canned hams, tuna fish, peanut butter, jelly, Jell-0, pudding mix, cake mixes, canned frosting, cereal, juice and soup.

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