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In keeping with its “Year of the Volunteer” theme, the 2013 Dallas Harvest Festival will collaborate with the Dallas School District and the Shavertown and Dallas locations of Thomas’ Family Markets to help collect much-needed food items for the Back Mountain Food Pantry through its Friends Feeding Friends Campaign.

This year’s festivalgoers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item with them to drop off at the Friends Feeding Friends booth at the festival set for noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Founded in 1977, the Back Mountain Food Pantry serves clients within the Dallas Area and Lake-Lehman school district boundaries. Located in Trucksville United Methodist Church, the pantry has approximately 232 clients, serving an average of 20 prequalified families each week who receive as many as 12 bags of grocery items. In 2012, 2,349 individuals from 854 households were provided for.

The food pantry is now also supplemented by the new Food Pantry Garden provided by The Lands at Hillside Farms and maintained by generous volunteers. As a result, fresh vegetables are available as a seasonal benefit to food pantry clients.

The Dallas Harvest Festival’s Friends Feeding Friends campaign will invite Back Mountain residents, families and shoppers to donate food items to the Dallas School District Classroom Food Drive, or in convenient drop-off receptacles at both Thomas’ Family Markets from Friday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 13.

The drive will conclude at the festival on Sept. 15.

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