Food bank raising awareness this holiday season

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Nov 22, 2012 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is working this holiday season to raise awareness about food insecurity year round.

Executive Director Joe Arthur says the charity has already sent six trucks to areas in New York affected by superstorm Sandy, and it still has plenty of work to do in the midstate.

"The food bank in this environment is extremely important," Arthur says. "This time of year, when people are thinking about Thanksgiving, they think about people in need, and we appreciate that. That need is there all year long, and the food bank is the center of an emergency network that serves thousands of people, thousands of your neighbors."

The organization, which has warehouses in Harrisburg and Williamsport, provides more than 22 million pounds of food to more than 700 soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries.

It serves people across 27 counties in central Pennsylvania.

witf listeners and Wegmans supplied a donation of 20,000 pounds of food to the food bank during a special, one-day campaign earlier this month.

A list of the food bank's most-needed items is available here.

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