Matzie, D-Ambridge, said he was eager to participate in this annual community-wide effort, which collected more than 300,000 units of food last year, because of the need present in Beaver County.
Last year, Matzie’s office collected more than 1,000 pounds of food in two separate food drives.
"There is a gap in the summer when students who are eligible for free or subsidized school lunches aren’t in school," Matzie said in a news release.
"Without food drives like this, those students might not be getting the meals they need to grow strong and healthy."
Matzie said he hopes this food drive will benefit children in the community who rely on food programs through the school year, but don't have anything to fall back on during the summer.
Food donations also support local, low-income seniors who often find it difficult to purchase enough healthy food items on a fixed income.
"In this difficult economic climate, it is important that we come together as a community to help those who are in truly dire situations," Matzie said. "A small donation could make a large difference."
Non-perishable food items can be dropped off through July 25 at Matzie’s office located at 1240 Merchant St., Ambridge.
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