“We know that families in Venango County are still feeling the financial effects of the pandemic," said Will Price, executive director of the United Way of Venango County. "With everything going on in our community we are thrilled to be able to offer this event to residents to ensure they are focusing on spending time with their family and not worrying about where their holiday meal will come from.”
The meal giveaway is open to all Venango County residents in need, though residents will only be required to provide proof of residency (via identification). Each household will receive one 8- to 10-pound ham along with a voucher for Sander’s Market in Franklin. The voucher will provide families with the essential items to prepare a traditional holiday dinner. There is a limit of one dinner per household. Meals are available to the first 1,000 households.
The distribution will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 29 Shuffstall Street, Franklin.
The event will be a drive-thru, pick-up similar to what was done last year. Price said that cars should form a line at the intersection of Fox and Front streets. Items will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
“[The couple that donated the money for these dinners] wanted to ensure that struggling families in Venango County didn't have to worry about a hot meal on Easter. Their passion and heart for the residents of Venango County goes way beyond just making a donation, they truly want to make an impact in residents lives and to make Venango County a great place to live and work,” Price said in a press release.
Contact the United Way office at 814-676-6545 with any additional questions.