Organizers of the Central PA 4th Fest are looking to do something just as spectacular for the community as its annual fireworks display by holding a countywide food drive during the month of July to assist Centre County residents in need.
“As our community continues to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, the 4th Fest Committee had a strong desire to do something to engage our community in supporting our community,” said 4th Fest Executive Director Frank Savino. “4th Fest might look a little different this year, but we truly feel the best way to celebrate the birth of our nation and honor the spirit of the festival is for neighbors to help their neighbors.”
Beginning Monday, June 22, 4th Fest organizers are asking businesses and individuals to sign up as food collection points. Savino said the idea for individuals is that they will serve as collection coordinators in their respective business, organizations, clubs or neighborhoods. Collection point sign-up will be available on the 4th Fest website – www.centralpa4thfest.org. Once signed up, a member of the team will reach out with the details.
“Volunteers have always been the heart and soul of 4th Fest, so we welcome the help from anyone or any group that is interested in supporting the food drive. Everyone can be a ‘Hunger Hero’ this year by participating.”
Frank Savino, Executive Director, Central PA 4th Fest
Nonperishable food items can be dropped off at collection points beginning Wednesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 9. The location of collection points will be published on the 4th Fest website. The organizers are asking the public to bring food in any excess boxes they have on hand. This will allow for easier packing of the trucks.
Collection point coordinators or volunteers will be asked to drop off food at a designated warehouse from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 and 11. Individuals or groups that aren’t able to drop off at a collection point may bring their donations to the warehouse on July 10 and 11 as well.
All food donated will be distributed to YMCA Anti-Hunger Program serving Centre County residents.
“Volunteers have always been the heart and soul of 4th Fest, so we welcome the help from anyone or any group that is interested in supporting the food drive,” Savino said. “Everyone can be a ‘Hunger Hero’ this year by participating.”
Fritz Smith, President and CEO of The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, applauded 4th Fest organizers for their innovation and commitment to the community in a year when the annual Fourth of July celebration will not be held as usual.
“4th Fest is a time-honored family tradition in Happy Valley,” he said. “Frank and the committee found a way for the show to go on in a great way, and are starting what hopefully will become a new tradition even when the festival returns next year. This kind of dedication is what makes our community such a special place.”
More information about the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” food drive is available on the 4th Fest website, www.centralpa4thfest.org.