Food drive at Westmoreland Food Bank aims to collect 10,000 pounds of food

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Shelves at the Westmoreland Food Bank will soon be a little fuller, thanks to the Rotary Club of Delmont-Salem and Busy Beaver.

The pair teamed up to host a drive-up food donation event Saturday morning in Salem Township.

“The reality is that whatever we collect today is more than they had at the beginning of the morning,” said Chris Tomley, with the Rotary Club of Delmont-Salem.

The event was the Rotary Club’s third annual food drive and aims to collect 10,000 pounds of food.

“The initiative actually started out of the pandemic, back in 2020, and then from there it’s been an ongoing program that we’ve continued to support,” said Tomley.

The food collected will go a long way in helping to replenish the food bank’s supply of staples.

“It’s all going to be non-perishables,” said Tomley. “Things that are not going to spoil. A lot of canned food, peanut butter. Things that people need or use. Pastas.”

Representatives from Busy Beaver say they’re happy to help put on the event and help give back to the people who support them.

“Busy Beaver is from the community. We’ve been here for 60 years now,” said Adam Gunnett, the company’s director of IT and Marketing. “Being new in the Delmont area, we want to show that we support our local communities.”

Through the end of the month, shoppers at all Westmoreland County Busy Beaver stores can round their purchase total to the next dollar and that money will be donated to the food bank.


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