Food for those in need being collected at StroudFest

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Tannersville, PAIf you are going to StroudFest on Sept. 4th, you might want to bring along some canned goods for your neighbors in need.

The United Way of Monroe County, the main sponsor of this year’s event, is sponsoring a food drive as part of its campaign kick-off that day. Items can be brought to the United Way’s booth at the corner of Main and North 7th streets in Stroudsburg.  StroudFest runs on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, in downtown Stroudsburg.

“With many people unemployed and unemployment benefits running out, the demand at local food pantries continues to be great,” said Mathilda Sheptak, executive director of the United Way of Monroe County. “We hope many StroudFest attendees will bring a nonperishable food item and also learn how United Way helps those in need in our community.”

Donations can include boxes or canned items such as: cereal, pasta, rice, crackers, vegetables, tuna, sauces, soups, juice and peanut butter. Boxed baby food and diapers/wipes are also welcome, as are toiletries like shampoo, deodorant and toilet paper. Food in glass containers and expired items should not be donated.

Contributions will go to United Way partner agencies participating in StroudFest. These include The Salvation Army, The Follow Me Foundation, Women’s Resources, Family Promise and Pocono Area Transitional Housing.

People who visit the United Way’s booth also have a chance to win an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge (valued at $350). They can enter by picking up a card at any partner agency – marked by United Way balloons – and having it stamped by nine of them. Completed cards must be brought back to the United Way of Monroe County booth. Partner agencies will be located on the 700 and 800 blocks of Main Street and on North 7th Street.

This year’s campaign goal is $1.2 million for health and human service programs. Special United Way presentations will take place at the main stage in Courthouse Square starting at 3:30 p.m.

For more information on StroudFest, visit www.unitedwaymonroe.org or www.shermantheater.com

The United Way of Monroe County provides health and human services through community initiatives and funding to about 35 local programs. Its targeted need areas include Engaging Youth, Meeting Basic Needs, Helping Children Succeed and Promoting Self-Sufficiency. “Live United” is part of the United Way’s new mission of giving, advocating and volunteering to produce lasting changes in the community and advance the common good.

For more information, call 570-629-5657.