Pennypack Farm Fills Up New Truck for Food Drive

By Caitlin Burns
Montgomery Media

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As a way of giving back this year during the holiday season, Pennypack Farm and Education Center, 685 Mann Road, joined in the Toyota Tundra Food Drive for Philabundance.

The farm collected food through Dec. 14 and then loaded their Toyota Tundra truck and drove it into Philadelphia for the truck parade to Philabundance Dec. 15.

After meeting up with the area Toyota Tundra trucks participating, Pennypack Farm headed to Philabundance where their truck full of donations from members was unloaded into the Hunger Relief Center.

For the past five years, regional Toyota dealers have collected non-perishable food to be donated to Philabundance, which provides food for nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey—Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Gloucester, Camden and Western Burlington.

“Now that we have our new truck,” farm member Trina Lawry said, “this is our way of showing our thanks.”

In July, Pennypack Farm was chosen through community votes to win a new Toyota vehicle through the Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good campaign.

The farm opened in 2003 to provide the community with locally grown, fresh and organic vegetables. They do this through their Community Supported Agriculture program which has about 380 members.

“We love our new truck,” Lawry said.

Pennypack Farm has been collecting non-perishable foods like canned goods since around Thanksgiving. While they had hoped to donate some fresh vegetables, the supply was limited due to a difficult growing season.

The farm already donates to three area food banks and did not want to take from those donations. Instead they sent out word to their farm members through their newsletter and asked for donations.

“An e-mail was specially sent to our winter share holders,” Lawry said. “It’s hard in the winter because not as many people come to the farm.”

According to the Board of Directors President Kristy Gregory, the farm has donated about 4,000 pounds of food to area food banks.

“I can’t wait [to do the Toyota Tundra Food Drive],” Gregory’s daughter, Lily Strickland, said.

According to Lawry, Philabundance is aiming to collect 20,000 pounds of food this year to support its mission of having no one go hungry in the region. Lawry said by supporting Philabundance, Pennypack Farm is achieving one of its missions.

“One of our missions,” she said, “is food sustainability for the entire community. It’s just another way to help out.”

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