Food drive set for Saturday
The main drop-off location is the Byers Station Development
UPPER UWCHLAN >> The fifth annual Diwali Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.
The drive will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon in the listed communities. The main drop-off location is in the Byers Station Development at 1190 Station Boulevard, which is located off Fellowship Road, south of 401. Acceptable food items include peanut butter, rice, whole grain pasta, cereal, canned tuna, canned vegetables and canned fruits.
Drive founder and coorganizer, Kiran Nukiranti notes that the inaugural 2012 drive collected 1,700 pounds of food donations to local families. The food drive last year collected and donated 30,000 pounds of food to The Chester County and Kennett Square Food Banks, helping countless families to put food on their tables. To date, more than 72,000 pounds have been donated, according to event organizers.
The Diwali Food drive honors the celebration of a holiday. Diwali, an ancient Hindu “Festival of Lights” spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. Diwali falls in October or November depending on the position of the moon. According to the Hindu calendar, Amavasya or “no moon day” is considered as the perfect day to celebrate Diwali, the third day of a five-day celebration.
The festival is celebrated by lighting “diyas” which are traditional earthen candles, to drive away the darkness of Amavasya. It is marked by large firework displays. Puja, or prayers, are offered to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, love and fortune. People celebrating the festival also clean their houses, buy new clothes and decorate their homes with rangoli art, patterns created on the floor with colored rice or powder. After prayers and fireworks, families share a feast with sweets and exchange gifts. Additionally, there is a strong tradition of giving food and goods to those in need, event organizers noted.
They added that historically its positive impact of uniting Chester County community resources to help support families in need. The goal for this year’s drive is to increase our community impact by donating 50,000 pounds of food to the Chester County Food Bank, KACS - Kennett Area Community Services, Phoenixville Area Community and the Lords Pantry and a “Hunger free holiday in Chester County.”
This tradition continues to be honored by a founding group of residents in the Byers Station Community. It has now extended to include Reserve at Eagle, Malvern Hunt, Eagle Hunt, Windsor Ridge, Waynebrook, Whiteland Woods, Chestnut Ridge, Bell Tavern and Applecross communities. Funds can be donated via www. DiwaliFoodDrive.org. Funds will be used to purchase food from Acme at a discounted rate.
For more information about the food drive, visit at: www.facebook.com/ DiwaliFoodDrive or http:// www.diwalifooddrive.org/.