Press Release: For immediate Release: August 17, 2009
Sharing the Harvest in Tough Times
Milford, PA: 100 years ago, farmers in the Pike County area would come together, have a pot luck meal and share their bountiful late summer crop harvest with their neighbors. It was a way for neighbors to come together and help each other out in preparing for the difficult winters.
Today, the same concept is being followed by hosting a town wide food collection for the benefit of our local food pantries. The month long food drive in September will benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry, which is a joint effort of: The Good Shepherd Church in Milford, The Presbyterian Church in Milford, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Matamoras, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Milford and The United Methodist Church in Milford. The following businesses are the location sites that are accepting non -perishable food donations during the entire month of September: Bodies In Balance, Dr. Haggerty, Dr. Newmark Chiropractic, Zaleski Optical, Dr. Roebuck – Brace Place, Wachovia Bank, 7th Street Café and Fretta’s.
The highlight of this food drive is the Share The Harvest Benefit Dinner organized by the Milford Business Council, to be held on September 14 from 6pm – 9pm. The Title Sponsor for the Share The Harvest Dinner is the Independence True Value Hardware Store of Dingmans Ferry, which is locally owned and operated.
The Share the Harvest Dinner will be held in the beautiful tented gardens of the Laurel Villa Inn, there will be specialties from over a dozen fine food establishments to bring you a true taste of Milford. Local eateries contributing to this fabulous tasting dinner are: Fretta’s, Hotel Fauchere, Jorgensen’s at The Dimmick, Laurel Villa, The Patisserie, Water Wheel Café. Scrumptious desserts will be by the Milford Dairy Barn and Irene’s Kitchen.
You can mingle and nosh until you drop while enjoying the entertainment by Eric Langberg and a cash bar. Advanced tickets only are $30 each or $50 for two, and are available for purchase at Hare Hollow on 322 Broad Street. Please note that due to high demand, no tickets will be sold at the door.
In addition to the donation of the portion of the 50/50 cash lottery to the Ecumenical Food Pantry, there will also be a 1 Can = 1 Ticket Raffle. For each can or box item that a guest brings to the dinner, they will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes and gift certificates donated by the following local businesses: American Living, Artisans Exchange, Badea & Soul, Black Walnut Inn & Stables, The Craft Show, Denim or Lace, Everything But The Horse, Forest Hall Antiques, Hare Hallow, Harrington House, Judy’s Antiques, Wells Ferry Emporium and Zaleski Optical.
One of the main organizers of this annual event, Kelly Wilson of Hare Hollow, said the following about last years event, “Thanks to the help of many of our local eateries, we were able to collect loads of food to help the food pantry with donations, and help raise funds to support the Lions Club and raise money to promote Milford.”
“Our local citizens support our area businesses and in return our local businesses recognize that they have a citizenship in our community”, stated Danielle Jordan, Executive Director of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. “These businesses recognized a need in the community and they are coming together to assist the food banks in stocking the shelves for the cold winter and to raise funds. It’s just a wonderful effort by all that are involved.”
For a complete “wish list” of food items, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (570) 296 – 8700 or visit www.milfordpa.us