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The Falls Township Fire Marshal’s Office is starting up a year-round food drive to collect non-perishables for local food pantries.

Fire Marshal Richard Dippolito proposed the idea. While many people donate around the holidays, Dippolito notes the donations tend to drop off in January and February.

“A kid should never be hungry,” said Dippolito, noting that children in need line up early at school for breakfast because there’s nothing to eat at home.

People can drop off non-perishable food and toiletries directly to the Fire Marshal’s office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday. Dippolito’s office is located within the Falls Municipal Building at 188 Lincoln Highway in Fairless Hills.

The donations will go to a different pantry each month.

People are welcome to donate non-perishables, such as:

  • canned fruits and vegetables,
  • soup,
  • canned pastas,
  • crackers,
  • cookies,
  • bagged pasta,
  • or spaghetti sauce.

Additionally, Mary’s Cupboard Food Bank at St. Frances Cabrini Church recommends:

  • peanut butter,
  • jelly,
  • cereal,
  • toothpaste,
  • shampoo,
  • dish soap,
  • laundry detergent,
  • toilet paper,
  • and paper towels.