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Rain hurt food bank fund-raiser

November 12, 2003|by

WILLIAMSPORT - When the skies opened up Oct. 4 and rained down on Harvest Hoedown, people ran for cover, leaving the organizers of the annual fund drive for the town's food bank about $6,000 short of their goal.

"We never recovered after an early-afternoon storm," said Mary Anna Kline, food bank director. "Everyone left."

Harvest Hoedown is the food bank's main fund-raising event each year.

The 10th annual event at Byron Memorial Park featured gospel music, food stands, a flea market, games and crafts, scarecrow making and pumpkin painting, among other activities, Kline said.

Many of those activities were rained out.

Kline said the food bank at Zion Lutheran Church is also short about 3,500 pounds of nonperishable food for basic needs and for filling between 300 to 400 family holiday food baskets this Christmas.

Located at the 35 W. Potomac St. church, the food bank has been serving the community of Williamsport for 30 years. The food bank is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon for picking up or dropping off food and household items.

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Emergency needs can be met at other times by calling Zion Lutheran at 301-223-7260.

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