By Stacy Kess
The Tri Township Fire Department is asking for non-perishable food donations this week to benefit the Delaware County non-profit organization, People In Need.
Station 331, 495 Sunbury Rd., will collect unopened food items, toiletries such as bar soap and household items such as laundry detergent through Saturday. The station will also continue its summer collection of new box fans for PIN, an effort stations around the county have made in conjunction with the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency.
“We put this together because PIN told us that there are some months when kids are out of school that there’s a shortfall of food,” said Tri Township Fire Captain Rick Black.
He said he and his department learned that when school is out for the summer, families whose children qualify for free or reduced meals at school are now depending on eating all meals at home.
“During the summer time, (families) are dealing with all three meals,” he said. “That’s the biggest reason we do it, to help out the kids.”
Black said the station will accept donations all day long.
“You can drive through the bay and drop off your donations and not even have to get out of your car, unless you want to shake the hand of a firefighter,” said EMA spokesperson Sandy Mackey, who has worked with Delaware County’s fire departments this summer on donation efforts for PIN.
Black said the goal is getting food to families during a time of year when donations drop and need increases.
“We’re hoping to really put a big dent in the empty shelves at PIN, fill up some of those empty shelves,” he said.
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