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United Way’s Lewis County food drive wraps up this Saturday


LOWVILLE — United Way of Northern New York’s food drive in Lewis County will help stock the shelves of needy families, as well as feed the family of one lucky winner who donates to the cause.

Donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted at the Lewis County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14. Every person making a donation will receive an entry to win $50 gift certificate from Ridgeview Inn.

“I’ve participated with the United Way for a number of years,” said Heather L. Houppert, owner of Ridgeview Inn, about deciding to be involved in the food drive. Not only was she a contributor as an employee of FiberMark, “I headed up the school supply drive,” she said. “I think it’s a great organization.”

“We are very pleased to have Ridgeview Inn on board for this donation,” said Jeremiah S. Papineau, chairman for United Way’s Lewis County campaign. “It’s the generosity of local businesses and individuals like Ridgeview Inn and the Houpperts that help keep that spirit of giving going.”

The winner will also receive a donation of groceries from Tops Friendly Markets given to the food drive in his or her name and a one-year subscription to the Journal and Republican.

“Through the help of our good friends at Tops, we’ll be able to make contributions go even further,” said Mr. Papineau. “We wanted to make the focus of this year’s drive be even more about giving and what better way than having a local store like Tops add to that.”

Store manager Scott Hanson said since Tops is in the business of being able to provide food at affordable prices, being asked to help the food drive simply made sense.

“We’re always happy to help the community,” said Mr. Hanson.

The community needs the help, according to Daniel N. Taylor, president and chief executive operator of the Lowville Food Pantry. In the month of July alone, he said, the pantry served 211 families.

The pantry has run particularly low on are canned meats, spaghetti sauce and pasta. Other common items accepted at the pantry include tuna, soup, pork and beans, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit and boxed sides, such as macaroni and cheese and Hamburger Helper.

To be included in the drawing for the Ridgeview Inn certificate, Tops Friendly markets donation and Journal and Republican subscription, a donation must be made at the food drive at the fairgrounds.

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