Reserve Township food bank seeking donations for holiday season

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RESERVE TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Organizers of a food bank in Reserve Township said they are in need of donations for the holiday season.

Mary Colleen Madden, who runs the St. Aloysius Parish food bank on Mount Troy Road, said they are having a difficult time coming up with donations to help families in need.

Madden said the food bank serves 56 local families on a bi-weekly basis. She said the food bank has survived in the past with donations from parishioners, but this year the families in need have doubled and the food bank is unable to give them Thanksgiving baskets.

“I don’t have enough to provide 56 Thanksgiving dinners. I’d just like to see if the community could help fill our shelves again,” Madden said.

As of Tuesday, Madden said only nine turkeys have been donated. She said they have tried contacting local grocery stores, but so far, none of them have been willing to even sell the turkeys in bulk at advertised prices to the food bank.

“In our typical bag, they usually get cereal, paper towels, and things like that. But it’s emptier than normal because we just had a pick up,” Madden said.

Madden said their biggest needs right now are spaghetti, tuna, milk and diapers.

To donate to the food bank call St. Aloysius Church at 412-821-2351 and mention the food bank. Donations can also be sent to 3616 Mount Troy Road Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212.