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Penns Valley groups unite to distribute food to those in need

by on April 16, 2020 12:53 PM


CENTRE HALL — Three local groups pulled together resources on April 10 to assist families in need in the Penns Valley area. 

Progress Grange in Centre Hall, partnered with the Penns Valley YMCA and the Penns Valley Hope Fund and distributed food packs to several families. One pack was allowed per family.
The organizations also offered, at no cost, soup, a sandwich and a treat to the elderly and veterans. Ham potpie was on the menu and in bags, which were distributed to each visiting resident.
Food distribution leader Denny McCloskey said most of the food was purchased by the Grange and the Hope Fund, while some came from donations to the YMCA.
Food recipients entered the Grange property from Spruce Alley, and drove to the north side of the Grange Hall where they were met by attendants who handed them their food packs. Recipients never had to leave their cars and all attendants wore masks to help prevent spreading of coronavirus.
McCloskey noted that with many people in the area unemployed because of the coronavirus economic fallout, distributing food packs was a good way to help them feed their families in hard financial times. McCloskey said about 30 people received food at the Grange Hall and 70 more food packs were delivered to homes in the area. The group plans to hold more distributions on the next two Fridays (April 17 and April 24).
Progress Grange is located at located at 217 S. Pennsylvania Ave. For more information, see the Progress Grange 96’s Facebook page or call McCloskey at (814) 360-1094.


Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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