It's not too early to start thinking about helping needy families around the holidays.
The Meadville Tribune hosts the 14th annual Second Harvest Food Drive of Northwest Pennsylvania at the newspaper's office, 947 Federal Court, from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20.
The annual event helps stock the shelves of Second Harvest Food Bank and its member agencies in Crawford County.
Nonperishable donations should be dropped off at a collection station set up in the Tribune parking lot off Arch Street between Park Avenue and South Main Street in Meadville. Checks and cash also will be accepted.
All the packaged food, turkeys and supplies collected will stay in the area, benefiting Second Harvest member agencies.
Each dollar donated to Second Harvest buys five meals.
The Tribune partners with Allegheny College, COOL 101.7 FM and WICU to host the event each year. COOL provides all-day radio coverage, and WICU airs interviews with Second Harvest Food Bank employees.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides food to those in need in northwestern Pennsylvania. The organization is also actively involved in raising awareness and educating the community on the realities of hunger.
Last year the Tribune helped collect $11,217 (the record of $12,501.74 was set in 2015), 7,952.5 pounds of nonperishable food (record of 10,671 also was in 2015) and 100 turkeys, which broke the record of 90 that was set in 2016.