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United Way of Blair County offers grocery store vouchers

United Way of Blair County distributed grocery store vouchers to 47 eligible individuals Friday to help them buy necessities due to job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When applying, applicants are asked to choose a store in Blair County. Assistance is provided in voucher form to participating grocery stores for the purchase of basic needs such as food, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers and over-the-counter medication.

Non-essential items such as cigarettes/nicotine products, alcohol or gift cards may not be purchased with the vouchers.

To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must be a Blair County resident who lost income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and had been actively employed at the time of the shutdown. Only one application per household will be accepted each week as funds remain available. As of noon Friday, 70 applications had been received. Applications that were received after

4 p.m. April 1, will be processed for approval and distributed April 10.

Melanie Shildt, executive director of Blair County United Way, declined to specify the amount per voucher as it may change in order to help more residents and the amount depends upon donations received.

So far, United Way has raised $14,120 in donations from individuals and organizations, including Dr. Caroll and Diane Osgood, The Matt and Tiffany Stuckey Foundation, Truist Foundation, UPMC Altoona Foundation and many individuals in the community, according to Shildt. Donations are still being accepted and all money raised stays in Blair County.

To donate, visit the United Way of Blair County Facebook at facebook.com/United WayBlairCounty; the website at unitedwayofblair county.org; or mail a check to 208 Hollidaysburg Plaza, Duncansville, PA 16635. If sending a check, indicate COVID-19 Relief Fund in the memo line.

Mirror Staff Writer Patt Keith is at 949-7030.

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