HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Three Midstate rescue missions are teaming up for the Rescue Mission Food Drive. It’s a partnership among the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, Water Street Mission in Lancaster, and York Rescue Mission to collect 225,000 pounds of food for the needy during this holiday season.
The Food Drive starts on November 1 and continues through December 20. People can bring their non-perishable food items to any of the Missions, Turkey Hill Minit Markets, M&T Banks, and Sharp Shoppers in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, and Lancaster Counties. You can visit RescueMissionFoodDrive.org for additional places to donate food, suggested food items, and more information.
Chuck Wingate, executive director of the Bethesda Mission, says his organization normally serves 2,200 meals a week. Wingate expects this to go up to 3,300 meals during the winter. The Bethesda Mission served almost 122,000 meals in 2014.
“The food needs in the winter time go up by about 50 percent over what they are in the warm-weather months,” Wingate said. “It seems that this time of the year, people have utility bills and other pressures on them. They’re having trouble making ends meet.”
The York Rescue Mission will have its first “Stuff the Truck” drive on Friday, November 6, as part of First Friday. You can bring your non-perishable food items to the truck. It will be at the corners of Beaver and Market Streets in York from 5 to 8 p.m.