Concert benefits food Pa. pantry, human services effort

October 14, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Musicians in Old Tyme Gospel band, as well as Friends Creek Pickers performed Sunday at the annual Fill the Food Banks concert at Red Run Park in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — The sounds of canned and boxed food being sorted mixed with gospel and bluegrass music Sunday during the third annual Fill the Food Banks concert.

Held at Red Run Park, concert attendees were asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to Waynesboro (Pa.) Community and Human Services and the food pantry at Five Forks Church. Admission was free for the concert featuring Friends Creek Pickers and Old Tyme Gospel.

Kelly Fogle’s husband, Larry Jr., plays the mandolin for Friends Creek Pickers.

“It’s a nice community event,” Kelly Fogle said of the concert.

State Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, sponsored the concert in cooperation with the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors.

“I love old-time gospel and bluegrass music,” Alloway said. “I thought we would do a free concert, ask folks to come out and bring food for their local food banks.”

Lydia Glenn of Fairfield, Pa., saw a sign for the concert and brought her 4-year-old son, Aidan, for music, a visit with McGruff the Crime Dog, a chance to explore a firetruck and face painting.

“It’s a good idea,” Glenn said of the concert.

Merle Smith, Ruby Sites and Olis Schwarz said they often attend bluegrass concerts at Red Run Park and elsewhere.

“It’s very nice, and when they’re doing a benefit, you can help out,” said Sites, of Waynesboro.

Alloway said he enjoys seeing crowds form at the concert, especially when people start to dance to the music.

“No matter how much (food) we get, it’s never enough,” Alloway said. “We always need more because there are so many people struggling to get food on the table right now.”

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