Mobile food pantry at Praise Saturday

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania will hold a mobile food pantry for residents of the Warren County area who are in need of food assistance at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Praise Fellowship Church at 7451 Market St., Russell. Participation in the mobile food pantry is free. Pre-registration is suggested but not required; call 730-7256.

According to coordinator Kelly Younger, this is the third year for the Praise Fellowship food pantry, which is held four times a year. Co-coordinator is Tina Yeagle.

The need for food assistance is greater than ever, Younger explained.

“I think we are seeing an increase in people who need assistance,” Younger said. “We typically serve between 100 and 120 families.”

Participants do not need proof of income, but they will have to sign a form saying they meet income eligibility guidelines. Families are asked to take a container to carry their food. Participants will be served on a first-come first-served basis.

This mobile food pantry is sponsored by Praise Fellowship Church. For more information, visit www.eriefoodbank.org.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA

The only food bank in northwest Pennsylvania, Second Harvest is the major supplier of food to a network of 403 member charitable agencies that obtain products from our warehouse and distribute them to individuals and families facing hard times in 11 counties. Member agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, Kids Cafes, weekend BackPack Programs and other nonprofit organizations.

The Second Harvest Food Bank relies on donations to serve a growing number of people in need of food. Donations go to work immediately, with 97 percent allocated directly toward food acquisition, distribution and programs. Each dollar spent by Second Harvest can obtain approximately six pounds of food with a retail value of $2.91 per pound. In other words, $1 spent = $17 in retail value. Second Harvest is a nonprofit public organization, so donations are eligible for a tax deduction.