Paul Dodson, Tamaqua Hunger Walk chair, presents checks for $2,133.49 each to Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Tina Kensinger, director of the food bank at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua. Primitive Methodist Church in Tamaqua .
Together, the three food pantries serve over 250 families in the community.
Hunger Weekend was May 13-15 with activities including an Empty Bowl Dinner hosted by Zion Lutheran Church and a family film night hosed by Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church.
Rainy weather forced the actual walk to move to May 22. Cash donations from walkers as well as area churches, businesses and organizations totaled over $6,300, up from $3597 last year.
Eighty-three boxes of food were collected by churches and community organizations and distributed equally to the three food banks.
That was up from 48 boxes last year.
Tamaqua civic and service organizations interested in participating in the 2017 Hunger Weekend can contact Paul Dodson at 570-668-0289 or by email at . The Tamaqua Hunger Weekend/Walk is a project of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.
(Information from George Taylor)