Last week, Comcast hosted a weeklong food drive outside its Spring Township Xfinity Store collecting non-perishable food, all to benefit Helping Harvest, a local food bank serving Berks and Schuylkill Counties.

On Monday afternoon, volunteers loaded over 800 pounds of food and essentials into a Helping Harvest truck on front of the Xfinity store.

“We appreciate Comcast’s partnership in responding to the drastically increased need for food in our community,” said Jay Worrall, President of Helping Harvest.

“Because of the economic fallout of the COVID crisis, we are now distributing more than one million pounds of food per month, nearly twice the monthly average from a year ago.”

During a typical year, Helping Harvest distributes nearly seven million pounds of food to more than 300 charitable food program partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, Mobile Markets and senior housing facilities.

Their network of charitable food programs provides emergency food for an estimated 112,400 different people annually, including 26,900 children under 18 years of age and 17,000 seniors.

“Comcast is proud to work with Helping Harvest in strengthening the communities we serve by collecting food for families during a critical time,” said Lisa Birmingham, vice president of external and government affairs for Comcast’s Keystone Region.

“Thanks to their tireless and extremely important work, our region is a better place to call home.”