There are only a few days left to donate to the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board’s (VFTCB) fifth annual Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive, a month-long campaign to build awareness about Montgomery County’s neediest community members, according to a press release.
The Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive is collecting donated canned goods at various drop- off locations throughout the county until Sept. 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.
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.
MAHN helps feed more than 15,000 hungry households a year. Most needed canned items include: tomatoes, sauce, fruit, and chunky soups. The food generated by the Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive is going to help nourish just some of the 80,000 people who are food insecure across Montgomery County.
To learn more about the Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive, find drop-off locations or make a monetary donation, please visit www.valleyforge.org/hunger.