Cluster Joins Challenge For Food Dollars In Pottstown
Organizing the Cluster’s food pantry
POTTSTOWN PA – A borough charity is once again hoping to bring a sizable share of $1 million to Pottstown, and put it to work battling local hunger.
During March and April, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities said it would join other pantries across the county by participating in the 17th annual Feinstein Challenge to raise awareness of hunger in America.
The national Feinstein Foundation donates $1 million proportionally to organizations that raise funds and food donations during the challenge. The more money local food pantries raise, the more money they can receive from the foundation.
“We continue to see the need for food assistance rising,” cluster Executive Director Barbara Wilhelmy said. “Many families experienced cuts in their food stamps in 2013. Others had hardships that made the cost of groceries an increasing challenge.” The rise in pleas for assistance from the cluster, which operates its food pantry and outreach center at 57 N. Franklin St., heightens the need for public donations, she said.
At the cluster during 2013, Wilhelmy noted Friday (Feb. 28, 2014), about 16,600 individuals received food assistance, and 18,600 meals were served in its community meals program.
Donations of cash, checks and food items should be specifically marked “Feinstein Challenge” so they can qualify for the cluster’s total. They can be brought or mailed to the cluster.