Food bank teams up with Meadows for food drive

May 21, 2014
Connie Burd, the new director of Greater Washington County Food Bank, is shown in the food bank’s Eighty Four warehouse, which is in need of restocking. - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The Greater Washington County Food Bank and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino are teaming up for a food drive this weekend to benefit the food bank.

The food bank is encouraging people to drop off canned food at its tent during the Memorial Day Home and Craft Show at the Outdoor Festival Center from Friday through Sunday. The Meadows is offering $1 in free slot play for each pound of food donated, up to 10 pounds.

The collaboration comes at a critical time for the food bank.

“We are very low. It’s kind of a rebound from the holidays. We’re doing the best we can, but we definitely find ourselves in the situation where we’re really in need of donations,” said food bank Executive Director Connie Burd. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Meadows. They’ve been very good to us.”

The food bank and its 38 satellite pantries currently help about 5,000 families in the area. It has seen a nearly 100 percent increase in the number of families its serves in the past five years, and last year distributed about 1.8 million pounds of food.

The show hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free.

Karen Mansfield is an award-winning journalist and mom of five who has been a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter since 1988. She enjoys reading, the Pittsburgh Steelers, a good glass of wine and nice people.

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