I can barely remember what day it is, folks, but I have been looking forward to this one date all year! 11-12-13. What are you doing to Make the Day Count?
No, it’s not a national holiday, just a cool date for geeks like me. We’d like to have you help us partner up with a local restaurant to collect food for my local food bank.You can drop off food to Avero Craft Pizzeria in Wayne on or before 11/12/13, and you get some goodies out of it (see below).
The truth is, my staff and I see a lot of food go from the pantry into our big black contractor’s bags when we organize kitchens. I always think, “Wow, there could have been a better use for that expired food.” So we’re asking you to peek in your kitchen cabinets and help us stock the food pantry. Of course, you are welcome to make a special trip to the grocery store to help stock the shelves, too. But chances are you already have a can of mandarin oranges, an extra box of pasta that isn’t your favorite, and that can of green beans from the batch you got a really good deal on…at the warehouse club where you had to buy 50 at a time.You’ll be organizing your pantry, making room for Thanksgiving goodies, and doing good in the community all at the same time.
11/12/13 is the big date to get married this year, despite being on a Tuesday. But if you’re not doing that, consider stopping by Avero on 11/12/13. I’ll be having lunch at noon with a few friends, and would love for you to share a table with us.
Keep reading to find out more.
11/12/13- Make the Day Count
Three Wayne, PA Organizations Hold a Food Drive Through 11/12/13
November 12, 2013 is one of the last sequential dates that we’ll see in our lifetimes. Can you make a difference on this one day? Two Wayne-based businesses, HeartWork Organizing and Avero Craft Pizzeria, along with the Wayne United Methodist Church, say, “Yes!”
Tying the unique date with the November traditions of giving thanks and organizing the pantry to make room for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, they’re asking for donations for the local food pantry.
A bag of groceries from a food pantry in our area can mean the difference between having enough food and going hungry. The Wayne United Methodist Church maintains a food pantry open to all in need, but the need has grown greatly over recent years, even in the heart of the Main Line.
HeartWork Organizing and Avero Craft Pizzeria are asking friends, clients and neighbors to contribute 10 or more items to the Wayne United Methodist Church food pantry by 11/12/13.
Items can be dropped off starting immediately at the church, located at 210 South Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA 19087 between 9 am and 2 pm M-F. Avero, near the Devon Whole Foods market, is also accepting donations during their business hours until 10 pm Monday-Thursday, until 11 pm Friday and Saturday, and until 9 pm Sunday.
Ideal food items for the pantry throughout the year include:
· Canned meats, such as chicken and tuna
· Peanut butter & jelly
· Canned soups
· Pasta and sauce
· Boxed mac and cheese
· Canned vegetables and fruit
· Fruit juices
Traditional holiday items like stuffing, canned ham, boxed mashed potatoes, and canned cranberries are a welcome addition to the food pantry inventory.
The Wayne UMC food pantry also strives to provide $10 grocery gift cards for the purchase of refrigerated items like milk and eggs.
Those who drop off a bag of 10 or more food items, or a grocery gift card of at least $10, can take advantage of two rewards:
HeartWork Organizing will offer participants a free online organizing class in early December to help organize their pantry, kitchen or other high-traffic area during the holidays. “We’ve organized many kitchens where large amounts of expired food get tossed in the trash. This is one way to bring attention to the fact that there are families nearby who can use what gets lost in our pantries, before it goes bad. Plus, we love the uniqueness of the date, and wanted to celebrate it in a fun way,” said Darla DeMorrow, owner.
Avero Craft Pizzeria, which opened in Wayne this year, will offer participants a complimentary certificate for a free appetizer. “No one should have to go hungry in our community. My high school-aged daughter Julia recently started a charity called We Feed Hope to help address hunger globally and here on the Main Line. We absolutely wanted to partner with our local food pantry to ensure that all families have the food they need,” said Scott Morrison, co-owner.
Together, these 3 organizations know that asking neighbors to come up with 10 food items on or before 11/12/13 will add up to less hunger in our community.
About Avero Craft Pizzeria:
Located in the Devon Village Shopping Center near Whole Foods, we strive to bring 4-star quality food and beverage using old-world techniques and local fresh ingredients to create simple dishes served with style. More at: http://www.averopizza.com .
About HeartWork Organizing:
We help people find more peace by providing hands-on help to organize space, time and information. More at http://HeartWorkOrg.com .
About the Wayne United Methodist Church:
Located in the heart of Wayne, PA since 1890, our mission is to know Christ, to build genuine Christian community, and to be agents of God’s grace locally, regionally and globally. More at http://WayneUMC.org.