Amanda Maust calls it the “summer slump.”
It is the time period when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johns-town’s St. Vincent de Paul chapter struggles to get donations for its Food for Families warehouse and Family Kitchen. The big infusion of Christmastime donations is gone. Possible contributors are spending money on vacations and other fun activities.
Funds from the State Food Purchase Program are not likely to arrive until September or October at the earliest, depending on when Pennsylvania’s budget gets adopted.
This year’s lull is even more pronounced than usual because many regular contributors to St. Vincent recently made donations during a large fundraiser for a kitchen remodeling project.
Facing all of those factors, the organization is seeking financial help to get through the slow period.
“We’re hoping for monetary donations,” said Maust, a volunteer with the society. “Right now, the Family Kitchen and Food for Families are struggling to meet their everyday needs.”
Food for Families directly purchases food and sells it at reduced costs to pantries throughout the region. The Family Kitchen feeds the community’s needy. It is usually located at 231 Bedford St. in downtown Johnstown. However, while the renovation is taking place, the kitchen has been temporarily been moved to First Presbyterian Church, located a half-mile away at 309 Lincoln St.
Anyone wishing to donate to St. Vincent may call 539-4627.
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