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The Saturday’s Kitchen Fund distributed nearly $17,000 to local food pantries in November, ensuring families facing hard times will have warm meals — with meat — for the holidays.

“It’s a joyous time of the year,” says Saturday’s Kitchen founder and organizer Joan Bost. “We all have meat on our tables, shouldn’t they? Everyone should have a nice table at Christmastime.”

This is the eleventh annual distribution for the CFA fund, which raises money through its Christmas in July fundraiser, and throughout the year as Joan spreads the word about our region’s great need.

“This is their tribute. The community has been very generous,” adds Joan.

That generosity is met with profound gratitude from the volunteers and organizations on the front lines, providing for their food insecure neighbors.

Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship Food Pantry: “Your organization’s giving… is a blessing to those in need of food this holiday season… They all will be blessed by your kindness.”

Good Samaritan Food Pantry: “Thanks for help accomplishing our dream of feeding more people this year. Thank you for caring!”

Walnut Grove Food Pantry: “At this time of year with the holidays approaching we see an increase of people seeking help, and we always need extra supplies. With your help that you provided, your donations will make it possible.”

23 food pantries received funding from Saturday’s Kitchen, throughout all of Cambria County, with some in Somerset County. Collectively, they’ll serve thousands of people with support that helps the food pantries survive all year round.

For Joan, it’s a calling that never takes a vacation. “Of course, people don’t need this just during the holidays,” she says. “Hunger is all year round and it’s important to help all year round.”

You can help. Go here to contribute to the Saturday’s Kitchen Fund, which goes entirely to local families.


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