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West Hills Food Pantry Reaches Donation Goal in Annual 'Mile of Cans'

The fundraiser brings in canned goods and food items from across the Moon community.

Volunteers at this weekend’s fundraiser went the extra distance, bringing in 19,624 food items for the .

The 15th annual event, which is the Moon-based food pantry’s largest fundraiser, aims each year to gather roughly 16,000 canned goods — enough to stretch a mile when lined up side-by-side.

Event organizer Judy Littell said pantry volunteers are thankful to the community for its donation efforts.

The fundraiser, which took place for the first time on the grounds of the pantry at , kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday when volunteers went door-to-door in Moon Township neighborhoods collecting canned goods. Area businesses, churches and students in the also contributed to the effort.  

Volunteers set up donating stations at and to gather food. Participants spent the chilly Saturday afternoon assembling a line of canned goods that snaked from the corner of Carnot Road to the pantry's door, where the hours-long process of sorting the food took place. 

Pantry Director Sandy Hershberger said donations have declined this year while the pantry's clientele has steadily grown, adding greater importance to the event. 

Hershberger said the pantry's new location did not hurt the event, which in years past has been held on Thorn Run Road. 

"We've gotten a lot of compliments about the new location," Hershberger said. "People seem to like having everything right here around the pantry." 

The pantry serves families in need from the Moon Township, Crescent, Neville Island and Coraopolis communities. 

Impact Christian Church October 17, 2011 at 03:08 PM
We want to thank the entire community and our sponsors: Airport Chamber of Commerce, Aldi's-Ambridge, Angelia's Pizza, Coraopolis Cash Market, Copeland Funeral Homes, Costco, Diane Cleaners, Falconi Dealerships (Honda, Hundai, Ford, Moon Auto Body), Genoa Pizza, Gianni's Pizza, Girl Scout Troop #50388, Hometown Pizza, Impact Christian Church, Kennedy Landscaping, Kenny Ross Toyota, Kmart-Moon, Kuhn's, Mario's Restaurant, Rep. Mark Mustio, Moon Area School District, Moon Police and Road Departments, PNC Bank-Beaver Grade Road, Pittsburgh Technical Institute, Pizza Bella, Pizza Hut, Pizza Roma, Sam's Club, Sharon Community Presbyterian Church, St. Phillips, Vocelli's Pizza, Walgrens, and West Hills Vision Center
lynn October 17, 2011 at 03:13 PM
I'm glad to see that the West Hills Food Pantry exceeded their goals for the Mile of Cans fundraiser. This organization has done so much good throughout the years, and a big thank you to the volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who donated.

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