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BY: Metro Source Staff | November 06, 2012

LANCASTER- The Town of Lancaster Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will hold its sixth annual food drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 17. The food drive will be held at the Tops at D&L Plaza, located 5175 Broadway, in Depew.

For the second year in a row, members of the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC) will be working along with OEM members to help the Lancaster Food Pantry at Trinity Episcopal Church, 5448 Broadway, in Lancaster.

“It is in line with our whole organization here which is just to be proactive in our community,” remarked Town of Lancaster OEM Disaster Coordinator CD 122, Robert MacPeek.

According to Betsy Moll, director of the food pantry, in the past 12 months the pantry has provided more than 58,000 meals, obtained and distributed more than 76,000 pounds (38 tons) of food, and worked with more than 325 registered means-tested households.

Items such as salad dressings, mayonnaise, oils, paper products, soaps, personal products, tuna, peanut butter are among items that are in need.

The OEM and LVAC are having this food drive a few days before Thanksgiving, in hopes that it will help many families in being able to have a joyous Thanksgiving, who otherwise would have a difficult holiday.

“We are hoping that our community will support the pantry with either a food or monetary donation,” remarked Audrey Hydock, OEM chair of public relations. “Together we can make a tremendous difference in the lives of people in our community.”

The OEM will be also distributing literature to the public on preparing for disasters, information on the OEM’s special needs program, and the CERTS program. During the drive, the LVAC will be offering free blood pressure checks.

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