Tourism board kicks off annual food drive
Event fulfills a promise made to Pope Francis
VALLEY FORGE » More than two tons of food — 4,500 pounds to be exact.
That is the ambitious goal for the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board’s third annual Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive.
The campaign runs through Sept. 30. Donations benefit the Montco Anti-Hunger Network, a coalition of hunger relief organizations working together to make healthy foods available to all communities in the county.
The return of the food drive fulfills a promise made by the agency in 2015, when Pope Francis stayed in Montgomery County at the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary during the world Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The tourism agency created the food drive as a “farewell” gift to the Pontiff.
The drive was officially launched Thursday night during an open house at the tourism board’s King of Prussia office. Joining in the launch were Montgomery County Commissioners Joe Gale, Val Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence.
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The Montgomery County Commissioners helped the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board officially launch its third annual Freedom from Hunger Food Drive Thursday during an open house at the agency’s King of Prussia office. The drive runs through Sept. 30 and organizers have set a goal of collecting 4,500 pounds of food. Shown from left are: Commissioner Joe Gale, Monty the Fox (the agency’s mascot), Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board President and CEO Mike Bowman, Commissioner Val Arkoosh and Commissioner Ken Lawrence.