Moose Lodge delivering boxes of food to needy families

December 17, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |
  • Williamsport Moose Lodge Family Center members Don Barthel, left, and Ray Polen, right, pack boxes with food Saturday afternoon to will be delivered to needy families Sunday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. — The boxes that Moose Lodge volunteers packed with food on Saturday will get the final touches — turkeys and hams — before they're delivered to needy families on Sunday.

Clint Rawlings, governor of Williamsport Moose Lodge 2462, said 25 families will each get two boxes of food.

The boxes contain a variety of items, including tomato sauce, bread, noodles, tea bags, popcorn and cereal.

Rawlings said about 30 volunteers helped sort and pack food items on Saturday afternoon at the Moose Lodge.

When frozen turkeys and hams are added on Sunday, volunteers will deliver the boxes.

Rawlings said the lodge has been doing the food-box donations for four years.

"We just saw a need in the area, with the economy the way it's going," he said.

Many families have little money left for groceries after making their rent or mortgage payments, he said.

The lodge spent more than $1,900 on dry food items, plus the turkeys and hams.

Rawlings said the money was raised through 50/50 drawings, raffles and donations from lodge members.

Packaging Services Inc. donated boxes.

The lodge received a list of needy families through Williamsport's schools, Rawlings said.

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