The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) kicked off its fifth annual Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive earlier this month to bring awareness about Montgomery County’s neediest community members.
The Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive will collect donated canned goods at various drop-off locations throughout the county from September 9-30. All donations will benefit VFTCB’s partner organization, the MontCo Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN), a coalition of hunger relief organizations working together to make healthy foods available to all communities in Montgomery County.
This year’s canned food goal is a record 6,000 pounds which will bring VFTCB’s overall total to 20,000 pounds. Also being accepted this year are online monetary donations which will be converted into pounds to be added to the campaign’s goal.
“The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is invested in our community,” said VFTCB President & CEO Mike Bowman. “Our Freedom from Hunger Food Drive is a real, tangible way we can make an impact on a personal level for those in need in Montgomery County.”
Food insecurity in Montgomery County is part of the reason why the VFTCB established the food drive in 2015 as a farewell “gift” to Pope Francis, who stayed in Montco at the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
In 2018, the VFTCB collected more than 5,000 pounds of food donations and has increased its goal for donations every year since the drive began in 2015. To date, the drive has collected more than 14,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry in Montgomery County.
For more information go to valleyforge.org/hunger