Friends for Food helps those in need this holiday season

About 100 volunteers braved the cold Saturday morning to help those in need this holiday season during the annual Friends for Food distribution held by Community Services of Venango County.

Hundreds of cars filled the parking lot of the Rocky Grove fire hall throughout the morning to receive bags of food and goods, each packed with a 10-to-14-pound turkey breast, a food voucher for Sander’s Markets in Franklin, and some supplies donated by UPMC.

Community Services fiscal director Brian Reagle said the organization and volunteers were prepared to serve between 1,000 and 1,200 people at the drive-thru distribution on Saturday, and some of the volunteers helped deliver an additional 200 bags the day before on Friday to those who could not make it to the fire hall.

“We’re pleased to be able to do this for the community, and we’re very thankful for all of the support,” Reagle said. “The generosity in this community and this area has just astounded us.”