Penn State’s Innovation Park is conducting its fourth annual food drive during the week of Sept. 19. Each year, the food drive benefits a Centre County food bank and this year’s contributions will aid the Philipsburg Food Bank. Nonperishable foods including canned goods and boxed items such as macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper and cereal, in addition to cleaning and laundry products, may be dropped off at any of Innovation Park’s 10 buildings between Sept. 19 and 22. Donations from the entire Penn State Community are welcomed and appreciated. For more information, call Colette Orlandi at 814-865-6277.
The past three food drive recipients were the State College, Bellefonte and Howard food banks; last year’s drive netted approximately 2,000 pounds of food. The food drive is a concerted effort by the Innovation Park community, comprised of about 60 tenants.
Food banks serve many families, and nearly half of the people served by U.S. food pantries live in households with at least one working adult. These individuals must try to make ends meet on low wages that simply cannot cover mortgage or rent payments, the cost of prescriptions and medical care, utility bills, car payments and fuel costs, and food.