The Democratic Women of Westmoreland County next week will collect non-perishable food for the Westmoreland County Food Bank and cleaning supplies for the Welcome Home emergency family shelter in Greensburg as part of the National Day of Service.
“We chose these two (organizations) because we felt they have been the most impacted by the pandemic,” said Carol Mintus, a member of the Democratic Women’s club, which has about 80 members.
Donations can be dropped off at at the Westmoreland County Democratic Committee office at 903 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Volunteers will collect donations of items and money at tables outside the building, to allow for social distancing.
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that has become a National Day of Service in honor of the Civil Rights leader who was assassinated in April 1968.
The Democratic Women group normally does some sort of drive each year, said Mintus, who is vice president of the organization.
”In recent years, we have adopted an active-duty soldier and collected items to send to him or her. We have previously collected for the homeless shelter,” Mintus said.
The food bank is seeking nonperishable “most need” items, such as canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, boxed meals like Hamburger Helper or rice and canned meals such as stew.
The shelter’s “most needed” items are cleaning products such as window cleaner, bleach and all-purpose cleaners and spray cleaning products; laundry detergent, with pods preferred; black garbage bags, dish washing soap, air fresheners, cases of water and bed pillows.
Those who want to make a monetary donation can write a check to the organization they want to support — the Westmoreland County Food Bank or to Connect Inc., operator of the shelter — and take them to the Democratic Committee’s Greensburg office.
Checks also can be mailed to the food bank at 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626, or to the shelter at 218 S. Main St., Suite 200, Greensburg, PA 15601.
The aid to the county food bank comes at a time after the holidays when the food insecurity remains, but the pre-holiday drives for the food bank are over, said Jennifer Miller, executive director of county food bank.
“Last year, the (number of) food bank drives were down tremendously,” because of the covid pandemic, Miller said. “This (food bank drive) is important and is very much appreciated.”
Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, [email protected] or via Twitter .
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