Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the York County Food Bank is now shifting its focus to Christmas. By month’s end, the organization expects to reach its typical November goal of 200,000 pounds of food distributed to its 130 distribution partners. In December that goal increases by at least 25,000 pounds. The food bank’s executive director told FOX43 while donations have not decreased from last year, they have failed to increase. Unfortunately however, families in need have increased by 10% for a total of about 7,000 York County residents.
“Either more families get less food or some families go completely without food,” said Jonathan Fisher, York County Food Bank, Executive Director.
The food bank needs frozen turkeys and hams for the Christmas holiday, along with non-perishable canned food items. Fisher hopes people will remember a donation made today is security that the services the food bank provides will be available if you are in need tomorrow.
“It's every day people that are working today, tomorrow they find themselves either laid off or medically unable to provide for themselves and their families and those folks are the folks who used to once donate find themselves in the line to receive food from a distribution partner,” said Fisher.
Donations can be dropped off at the food bank located on W. Princess Street in York, Monday through Friday from 8am-3pm. Donations can also be dropped off on Sat. Dec. 8th as well as Sat. Dec. 15th. York County Royal Farm locations are also lending a hand this year. For the very first time, it is allowing contributors to drop off donations at any of its sites. Employees will then drop off collected items.