As of mid-morning, the annual Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania food drive is closing in on 2,500 pounds of food being collected in Meadville.

As of 10:30 a.m., there have been 2,427.5 pounds of non-perishable items donated along with 29 frozen turkeys and $4,346 in cash donated at The Meadville Tribune.

Donations are being accepted until 6:30 p.m. at the Tribune’s parking lot off Arch Street.

The non-perishable items and frozen turkeys directly aid local agencies Center for Family Services, The Salvation Army of Meadville, United Faith and Fellowship, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Linesville Food Pantry and Living Waters Church Food Bank.

The cash donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank to purchase food to battle hunger in northwestern Pennsylvania.

“It’s great, but we’ve got a long way to go,” said Heidi Gebhardt, the Tribune’s coordinator for the food drive.

This is the 14th year the Tribune has been a drop off location to benefit local charities and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania.

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