Food Pantries Get More Help From Pottstown And Limerick

Penn Liberty's Limerick branch

LIMERICK PA – The Limerick PA branch of Penn Liberty Bank, 543 N. Lewis Rd., is among the newest locations announced as drop-off points for the “Fill The Media Lab” campaign to benefit local food pantries, conducted across western Montgomery, northern Chester and eastern Berks counties by area blogging authors, news sites like The Sanatoga Post and The Post Publications, and The (Pottstown PA) Mercury.

Those 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 a lengthy list of pantries, where the needs of economically squeezed families are outstripping available supplies. The campaign hopes to collect and distribute 20,000 food items, and another 1,000 bottle of laundry detergent, before April 7 (2012), the weekend of Passover and Easter.

“We’d love to be a part of your efforts to collect canned goods in the community, and have our totals count to your goal of 20,000,” bank Assistant Vice President Tom Thunstrom wrote. Organizers say they’re happy to have his help, too!

Readers likely will readily recognize Thunstrom’s name. Beyond being active in the financial dealings of Limerick Township businesses, Thunstrom also is well-known for his involvement in a variety of community projects, and as a weather forecaster to whom professionals in that business sometimes look for help.

The bank’s Easter food drive to benefit the Project Outreach pantry in Royersford launched last week (March 5, 2012) and continues through April 6 (Friday). If you live in or pass through Limerick (on your way to or from work, maybe?), it would be easy to leave your food donations at the bank’s indoor collection point.

For the bank’s business hours, call 610-535-4881.

Never Underestimate The Power Of …

“Fill The Media Lab” references a room at The Mercury‘s offices in Pottstown where blogging authors and others sometimes meet. Not all the food collection efforts to help local pantries are formally part of this campaign, but they’re doing important work too.

Look, for example, at the community leadership exhibited by the Women’s EXCEL group organized by the YWCA Tri-County Area in Pottstown.

Dawn Short, the Y’s administrative assistant, reports that EXCEL members “will be collecting pantry food items for the Pottstown Cluster Outreach Center at each of our remaining meetings for this year: March, April, May and June.” High on Short’s list of needed items are pasta, sauce, peanut butter, jelly, breakfast bars, soup, canned vegetables, fruits, stews, and canned meat products.

“We appreciate your generosity during the year in helping to meet a variety of needs within our community,” Short wrote to the membership. Lots of hungry families in this area would quickly agree.

Phoenixville Rises To Meet The Food Challenge

Blogger Sarah Peppel

Just a little farther east of Penn Liberty’s location, a Phoenixville PA-based blogger who is known there as the Queen Of Frugality has added new drop-off sites too.

Among people who like to save money in buying food, clothing and anything else, “DIY Frugal” by blogger Sarah Peppel has become “must” reading, her fans say. Peppel makes it her mission to catalog various community and internet specials that will genuinely save readers cash on items they really want, and then reports them almost daily on DIY Frugal with the help of co-editor Alison Shaffer.

Peppel’s developed quite a following, and when she heard of the pantries’ campaign she marshaled her readers for assistance. She’s made arrangements with four Phoenixville locations to serve as drop-off points for donations:

  • Foresta’s Country Market, 1098 W. Bridge St., has agreed to collect both food and laundry detergent;
  • Phoenixville YMCA, 400 E. Pothouse Rd., is helping to collect detergent only;
  • Pro Nails, in the Shoppes at Valley Forge on Schuylkill Road (near the Staples and Redner’s stores) will accept all contributions; and so too will
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church food pantry, 121 Church St.

Thanks to Peppel, Shaffer and their generous readers and merchants, Phoenixville is well-represented in this fight-against-hunger effort.


Photos from Penn Liberty Bank, DIY Frugal