By Teresa Varley
Steelers fans came to Latrobe Memorial Stadium last week to watch the team practice carrying cameras, Terrible Towels and footballs.
But they brought something even more important with them, food donations for the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
Fans donated 773 pounds of food, and Giant Eagle is matching that, for a total of 1,546 pounds of food. Fans also pitched in by donating $619 to the worthwhile cause.
"It goes without saying that being associated with the Steelers increases the visibility that we have and allows us to get our message out," said Marlene Kozak, CEO of the Westmoreland County Food Bank. "A lot of people donated. It helps with our exposure so people know who we are and what we do and that is a good thing. They are more inclined to help our organization. Having an association with the Steelers is a big boost for us."
The food bank feeds as many as 15,000 people a month in 7,000 households and that doesn't even touch the surface of those in need in the area.
"We are only serving about one-third of the people who need our help," said Kozak. "Any donation helps us. This association can only do great good for our organization. We are thrilled with it."
You can help by donating to the Westmoreland County Food Bank online at www.westmorelandfoodbank.org.