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Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church hosting Fill the Truck food drive

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 12:01 AM

Empty shelves at local food banks are expected to be filled through an annual event at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, with organizers hoping to draw enough items to stuff a 10-foot box truck.

“Fill the Truck,” which will take place Feb. 2, invites community members to drop off peanut butter, soup, noodles and other nonperishables to help families that benefit from three area food pantries.

Bread of Life in Etna, St. Vincent de Paul in Sharpsburg and the Council of Three Rivers in Indiana Township each will receive boxes full of items to help stave off local food insecurity.

“Following the holidays, many food banks report empty shelves due to increased demand and decreased donations,” Deacon John Musgrave said.

He is coordinating the effort that will be hosted from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the church parking lot along Field Club Road.

“Statistics from Allegheny County show that 21% of people served at food banks are children, 26% are senior citizens and 27% are active military members or veterans.”

Musgrave and other volunteers from the church’s Hunger Ministries team have led the event six previous years, providing not only food to the needy but also an opportunity for outreach.

“It is a wonderful thing to see that truck fill up over the course of the morning,” the Rev. Chris Taylor, pastor, said. “It feels like an outpouring of visible love.”

Contributions of any size are welcome, from a can of peas to a case of macaroni and cheese.

“As we celebrate the Super Bowl on this day, let us also give thanks for the bowl of food we have to eat and the bowl of food that we can share with our neighbor in need,” Musgrave said.