Local food bank is recipient of New Kensington alumni society drive

Penn State community spirit matched its football spirit Nov. 19 as the Alle-Kiski Alumni Society collected food and money for a local food bank at its TV football tailgate party at the Elks Lodge #644 in Tarentum, Pa.

Alumni and friends stepped up when it counted and donated $131, two cases of vegetables and six large boxes of non-perishable items. Society board member Lorri Wilde delivered the cash and goods to the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank.

"The response was amazing,” said Wilde, immediate past president of the alumni society. "The generosity of Penn State alumni, family and friends once again demonstrates our commitment to our community and those less fortunate."

Located in Natrona Heights, Pa., the food bank provides canned goods, boxed foods, produce, meats, and dairy products to more than 480 families in the region. The service area includes the communities of Brackenridge, East Deer Township, Fawn Township, Frazier Township, Harrison Township, Tarentum, West Deer Township, New Kensington, Lower Burrell, Verona and Arnold. In addition, eligible families receive Christmas and Easter food baskets and turkey vouchers, as well as winter coats, hats and mittens. Toys and gifts are distributed during the Christmas holiday.

The Alle-Kiski Society’s community service project was held in conjunction with annual football social. More than 60 Penn State fans brought donations to the Elks Club, and cheered for the Nittany Lions at Ohio State University. The football team fulfilled its duty and rewarded the Blue and White faithful with a 20-14 victory.

For photos of the event and more on the food bank, Elks, and Alle-Kiski Society, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/44146.htm#NEWS44146 online.

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Last Updated November 30, 2011