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Participating firms

The following Wyoming Valley companies and organizations are participating in United Way’s Christmas in July Food Drive Competition:

Benco Dental Supply Co., Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies, Boden, Comcast, Commonwealth Health, CVS Caremark Corp., Diamond Manufacturing Co., Eastern Penn Supply Co., Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Harrold’s Pharmacy, Hilton Garden Inn, InterMetro Industries Corp., John Heinz Institute of Rehab. Medicine / Allied Services, Medical Oncology Associates of the Wyoming Valley, Misericordia University, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Mondelez International, Navient, Osterhout Library, PA American Water, ParenteBeard LLC, Payne Printery, Pride Mobility Products Corp., State Farm (Route 315, Wilkes-Barre), Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Trans-Med Ambulance, Trion Industries Inc., UGI Utilities Inc., United Way of Wyoming Valley, Wilkes University

How to donate

Organizations that have not already registered for this year’s event can contact John Winslow at 570-829-6711, ext. 237 or johnwi@unitedwaywb.org for more information. Donations from community members can also be dropped off at the United Way office anytime until the end of July at 8 W. Market St., on the 4th Floor of the Citizens Bank Building in Wilkes-Barre, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Another worthy cause

First National Community Bank announced a “Christmas in July” promotion to benefit food pantries and soup kitchens in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Throughout the month of July, in partnership with WBRE and WYOU TV, FNCB will be collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items and monetary donations at each of their 19 community offices in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties.

Donations will stay locally and help meet the needs of numerous locations including St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton, St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre and the Hazleton food pantry.

WILKES-BARRE — United Way has kicked off its Christmas in July Food Drive competition to bring in goods to support those in need.

Companies and organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley are accepting donations for the campaign throughout the month. An official weigh-in will be on July 31 at the Weinberg Food Bank to determine how much was donated.

John Winslow, director of communications and special events, said awards will be presented to the top-three organizations that collect the most pounds of food. Additional awards will be presented based on the number of pounds collected per employee.

This year marks the 26th year for the event. Since the beginning, Winslow said, a little over 1.2 million pounds of food has been donated. A total of 77,451 pounds was donated last year alone. Monetary donations also count toward the weight of food donated. Winslow said that $1 donated equates to 2 pounds of food.

Winslow said 31 companies have signed up to participate in the Food Drive Competition so far. The goal for the campaign hasn’t changed.

“We always shoot for 100,000 pounds,” Winslow said. “It’d be kind of neat if we hit that mark.”

Winslow said the drive was initially thought of due to food banks struggling during the summer months. He said many children who qualify for free or reduced meals at school lose that benefit when classes let out.

That problem is especially relevant in Luzerne County. Winslow said that one in three children in the county live in poverty.

He said the drive was a way to not only combat the problem and provide, but also it gives the community a chance to give back.

“The event provides community members with an opportunity to be a part of our ‘Poverty to Possibility’ movement,” Winslow said. “Together, we can break the cycle of childhood poverty — giving kids and their families the chance all of us deserve.”

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