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Got Goodies For The Food Pantries? Drop ‘Em Off Here

POTTSTOWN PA – It’s been only five days since online news sites like The Sanatoga Post and blog authors from across western Montgomery County helped launch their “Fill The Media Lab” campaign against hunger in cooperation with The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, but the group can already report several successes.

Area residents who read and enjoy the content of websites and blogs participating in the food drive are being asked to collect and donate food items for local pantries, where the needs of economically squeezed families are outstripping available supplies. The campaign hopes to collect and distribute 20,000 items before April 7 (2012), the weekend of Passover and Easter. Pantries that operate locally will benefit from readers’ generosity.

Drop-Off Locations. The Mercury and some of its blogging partners have already established a list of 20 locations (mapped above) at which canned and boxed goods can be conveniently dropped off. More are expected. The list currently includes:

  • In Lower Pottsgrove Township, Pottsgrove High School, 1345 Kauffman Rd.; Chesmont Storage, 1500 Industrial Hwy.; and an at-home pick-up service arranged by The Post for 12 or more items (call 610-970-1492).
  • In Pottstown, Zion’s United Church of Christ, 209 Chestnut St.; the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, 57 N. Franklin St.; The Mercury, 24 N. Hanover St.; The Academy of Massage Therapy, 141 High St.; St. Aloysius Parish, 223 Beech St.; the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area, 140 College Dr.; Pottstown Roller Mills, 625 Industrial Hwy.; High Street Yoga and Wellness Center, 141 High St.; Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches, 300 High St.; and Boneyard Joe’s, 148 Shoemaker Rd.
  • In North Coventry Township, Schuylkill Valley Sports at Coventry Mall, Routes 100 and 724.
  • In Gilbertsville, Patt Veterinary Hospital Ltd., 239 Oberholtzer Rd.; and PetValu, 1050 E. Philadelpha Ave.
  • In Boyertown, Joe Paws Dog Bakery, 18 S. Reading Ave.
  • In Royersford, Schuylkill Valley Sports, 1844 Ridge Pike; Project Outreach, 410 Washington St.; and Gibbons Fastag, 120 N. Lewis Rd.
  • In Spring City, Project Outreach, 145 Chestnut St.
  • And in Phoenixville, St. Peter’s Food Pantry, 121 Church St.

Helping Pets Too. Dogs and cats are important members of many families, and local food pantries  acknowledge their needs must also be cared for.  Pottstown author Cristie Underwood, who writes the Tails Of 2 Dogs blog, has been particularly active in asking her readers to donate pet supplies to the pantries as well. Sites enlisted by Underwood to accept donations for pets are Boneyard Joe’s, Patt Veterinary, PetValu, Chesmont Storage, Pottstown Roller Mills, and Joe Paws Dog Bakery.

Cleaning Up. Another client need identified by pantry operators is laundry soap. It turns out to be one of the most sought-after items among those facing hard times. Upon hearing that, students at Pottsgrove High School bolted into action.

Sophomore Class Advisor Heather Renn reported Thursday (March 1) that the Pottsgrove classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 are conducting a detergent drive on behalf of the Fill The Media Lab campaign. The Mercury had set a goal of 1,000 containers of detergent; Pottsgrove High is aiming to fill 25 percent, or 250 containers, of that goal. If your can donate a bottle or two of clothes-cleaning power, let Renn know by e-mail, here.

Our Thanks To Post Readers! Subscribers to and readers of The Post Publications (and particularly its Sanatoga, Limerick, Pottstown and Main Street editions) have responded to the food drive with terrific support. Managing Editor Joe Zlomek on Thursday night delivered a case of elbow macaroni – contributed through a Sanatoga reader’s generosity – to Mercury Editor Nancy March and reporter Frank Otto at the Media Lab on North Hanover Street. Post readers so far have donated 60 food items to the campaign, and we’re just getting started.

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