Susan Corbett asks Pennsylvanians to help food banks

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 25, 2013 4:31 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The state's first lady is asking other Pennsylvanians to give to a midstate food bank during the holidays after she donated turkeys and canned goods.

The governor's office said Susan Corbett donated the items today to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank after they were collected by state employees.

Wednesday night is the first night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving is Thursday.

Joe Arthur of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank says the number of families in need is at record levels, including more people in low-wage jobs who can't make ends meet.

Food pantry operators say they are getting squeezed by the rising cost of food and cuts to government assistance.

Meanwhile, they say middle-class families can't donate as much, and cost-conscious food manufacturers have less to donate.

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