The Hempfield Area Food Pantry, which serves the district’s economically disadvantaged residents (30% of all students falls into that category), benefitted from the Hempfield Gives Back Food Drive that was conducted prior to the holidays. This was the fifth year for the food drive, and the results more than doubled 2013’s efforts. That equated to 8,927 pounds of non-perishable items! It was the largest single donation ever made to the pantry. Donations were collected at all 12 Hempfield School District locations. Additionally, J.K. Mechanical, the event’s sponsor, collected donations at its Willow Street office, plus donated manpower to assist with the collection and delivery of the food.
In an average month, the Hempfield Area Food Pantry, which is solely funded by donations of food and monetary gifts, serves more than 200 families. It is located at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Landisville. Please remember that food pantries are in need of donations throughout the year and not just during the holiday season.