Funds sought for Blair County dinner project
The Logan Township supervisor who organizes an annual distribution of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients for needy Blair County families is looking for a corporation to copy the generosity of the firm that has sustained the effort for the past decade.
Ed Frontino’s former employer, Xerox, has reduced its Community Involvement Program donation from the usual $3,000 to $1,600, leaving a gap Frontino is looking to stuff.
He has a “contingency plan” that should take care of the problem this year, if necessary, but he’d like to line up donors by the end of December to ensure that costs are covered for next year, he said at a recent supervisors meeting.
He already has plans to meet with one organization, he said.
Maybe there are others with unspent funds in their community support budgets, he said.
The distribution always takes place on the Saturday before the holiday.
If tradition holds, Frontino will use the available funding to buy turkeys, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies at a discount from Giant Eagle. Firefighters from the township’s five companies will pack boxes with the food and then deliver those boxes to the families, who are identified by Catholic Charities and other organizations that work people who are struggling.
If money is left over, he buys additional food and donates it to a local food bank.
There are typically between 65 and 80 recipient families, Frontino said.
Costs vary depending not only on the number of families, but their size, he said.
Maybe the township can post a notice about the funding issue on its website, said Supervisors Chairman Jim Patterson.
Frontino, who is the township’s representative on the Logan Fire Chiefs Committee, had a great idea when he started the tradition, said Supervisor Joe Metzgar.
“It’s a team effort,” Frontino said.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.