Rescue Mission Food Drive in midstate to span holiday season

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Oct 18, 2013 1:55 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Four rescue missions in the midstate are teaming up for a food drive this holiday season.

The Water Street Mission in Lancaster, York and Lebanon Rescue missions have been conducting an annual joint food drive for about a decade. For the first time this year, Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg is taking part too.

Director of Development Scott Dunwoody says Bethesda Mission alone serves over 300 meals per day.

"All the food collected through all four missions, our goal is about 300,000 pounds of food, and for Bethesda anywhere from 80 to 100,000 pounds," he says.

Hitting the goal, Dunwoody explains, would help the missions feed the hungry well beyond the holiday season.

"What we would receive, in that kind of poundage, would help to take us for many months into 2014."

Dunwoody says this particular food drive is "fueling recovery," because each of the missions helps change the lives of the people they are serving. He adds people dealing with addiction and abuse issues usually stay at the mission for six months or longer.

The Rescue Mission Food Drive runs October 20th through December 21st. Suggested items and drop off locations are posted online.

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