KINGSTON TWP. — A Back Mountain businessman has pledged an annual donation based on a percentage of his annual profits to the Back Mountain Food Pantry and encourages other business owners to do the same.
“As business owners, we are supported by the community,” said Frank Lombardo, the owner of Cook’s Pharmacy in Shavertown. “We should return the support to the community.”
The Back Mountain Food Pantry started 39 years ago in the Trucksville Fire Department on Carverton Road, Carol Eyet, the manager of the food pantry said. For the past 12 years, the food pantry operated out of two rooms in the basement of the Trucksville Early Childhood Education Center, 40 Knob Hill Road in Trucksville, she said.
“We have 256 families registered in the Dallas and Lake-Lehman school districts,” Eyet said. “Eligibility is based on income.”
Lombardo’s $1,000 donation will go far for the volunteer-based organization, Eyet said.
“We are very thankful for your donation,” Eyet told Lombardo.
The donation will be used for any needs including the Back Mountain Food Pantry’s No Hungry Tummies program that will start in June.
Each month every registered family receives groceries based on their income and number of family members, Eyet said. During the summer months, No Hungry Tummies provides an extra bag of groceries to families with children, she said.
“About 45 percent of our funding comes from local donations,” she said. “The (U.S.) Postman’s Food Drive is coming up soon. We can receive anywhere from 4,000 to 9,000 pounds of food from that.”
Other sources of food items include the Commission on Economic Opportunity, as well as Weis Markets to obtain fresh meats, the local school districts for their “overruns of milk and yogurt,” Stroehmann’s Bakery for bread and fresh vegetables from a community garden outside the Lehman Township municipal building, she said.
Also, volunteers purchase, “one-pot dinner items” such as canned chicken and dumplings and chili from ALDI, a grocery store with locations in Pittston Township and Kingston Borough.
Lombardo toured the Back Mountain Food Pantry Thursday, May 5. He was surprised by the program’s longevity.
“We (Cook’s Pharmacy in Shavertown) have been a drop off site for the food pantry for several years,” he said. “I had no idea it was around for so long.”
Both Eyet and Lombardo agree the Back Mountain region has a reputation for being a wealthy community.
“We have both (financial) extremes in the Back Mountain,” Lombardo said.
“The Back Mountain region is very generous,” Eyet said. “Other businesses do contribute and we receive a lot of support from the community.”
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