Food drive part of Great Allentown Fair

September 2, 2013 by  

People attending the Great Allentown Fair at the end of August and beginning of September could expect to have a fun time. They also had the opportunity to help others in the process.

On August 28, the fair held a food drive. Collected food items were given to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & Northeast Pennsylvania. The drive took place between noon and 9:00 pm on the second day of the fair.

All types of non-perishable food items were collected as part of the drive, including peanut butter, pasta, and canned goods. Non-food items, such as diapers, shampoo, and laundry detergent, were also collected. Attendance at the fair on the day of the food drive was not mandatory to donate.

Collection stations were set up just outside the fairground gates for people who wanted to contribute but were not planning on going to the fair that day. Fair organizers could have made use of printing services to create signs to direct people to the drop-off locations.

The food drive was part of a fair industry-wide effort. The industry initiative has been dubbed ‘Dream Big in 2013’. Along with the knowledge that they are helping others, people who donated were given the opportunity to win tickets to one of two acts performing the fair. Donors could enter to win tickets to see country music performer Toby Keith on August 31 or comedian and puppeteer Jeff Dunham on September 1.

The Second Harvest Food Bank will distribute the donated items to shelters, food pantries, and soup kitchens in Wayne, Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Northampton Counties.