Organizers are hoping the third anniversary of Run the Good Race will reprise its inaugural success.
"We raised over $1,700 for the food bank the first year," Lori Kelley said.
Hitting a similar figure this year for the Solanco Food Bank's SWEEP program would be wonderful, she said. The SWEEP program provides weekend meals for elementary students who otherwise would not have enough to eat.
The demand for emergency food support declined during the first six months of 2014.
Compared with the same period in 2013, 377 fewer people came to the food bank for emergency assistance, coordinator Geri Vick said earlier this week.
There were 502 families who used the food bank service between January 1 and June 30, 2013. That number dropped to 422 during the same period this year, Vick said Monday.
Teresa Dolan is about to give people an easy way to share their garden bounty.
Beginning in early June, Dolan and others at Solanco Neighborhood Ministries, which operates the food bank, will be handing out produce twice a week. A free produce market will be offered to food bank clients.
What is available will depend on the generosity of others.
"We get calls a lot," said Dolan, who explained that people with gardens want to share what they've grown. "People have been offering. Lately, we've received a ton of calls (with offers of donations). It's really exciting," said Dolan.
Over the past 10 years, the Solanco Food Bank has seen demands for its services nearly triple.
In 2003, the local food bank provided emergency assistance to 496 families. That translated to 832 adults and 632 children.
Students at Clermont Elementary School collected enough food this month to fill a box truck.
The students, who began donating items December 3, wrapped up their drive Wednesday, December 18. The items were then taken to the Solanco Food Bank.
By the time they were finished, the kids accumulated 5,855 items, ranging from Pop Tarts and cooking oil to canned vegetables and granola bars. They also donated personal care items, including shampoo, toothpaste, and dish soap.
Five days a week, Solanco's elementary schools make sure their students have enough to eat.
The Solanco Food Bank handles the weekends with its SWEEP program.
The food bank began the school year providing weekend meals for 231 students from Solanco's four elementary schools. The food bank also packs 19 meals for pupils who attend Martic Elementary School in the Penn Manor School District.