Merski launching February food and care product drive

Month-long event collecting nonperishable pantry, personal care items

ERIE, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Bob Merski is kicking off a month-long nonperishable food and personal care product drive Feb. 1 to help families struggling during the pandemic.

Merski, D-Erie, is hosting the event in partnership with the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network and the Glenwood Park YMCA and said he expects a strong community response based on the success of last year’s care products drive.

“We have an incredibly caring community,” Merski said. “The personal care products drive we hosted last year was a huge success and went a long way toward helping families. This year, with the pandemic creating an even greater need, we are expanding the drive to include non-perishable food and pantry items. I know Erie residents will rise to the occasion.”

Merski said those able to donate should bring new, sealed nonperishable food items and personal care products to his district office at 3901 Liberty St.; his Summit Township satellite office (open Tuesdays only) at 1230 Townhall Road W.; the Glenwood Park YMCA at 3727 Cherry St.; or Pressed book and coffee shop at 1535 W. 8th St.

Merski said the following nonperishable pantry items and personal care products are especially helpful:

  • canned foods (soup, fruit, vegetables, stew, fish, and beans).
  • pasta/rice/instant mashed potatoes.
  • peanut butter/applesauce.
  • boxed cereal/oatmeal.
  • granola bars/crackers.
  • herbs and spices.
  • infant formula/baby food. 
  • toothpaste/toothbrushes.
  • soap/shampoo/deodorant.
  • toilet paper.
  • disposable razors/shaving cream.
  • feminine hygiene products.

Residents wishing to learn more about the drive should contact Merski’s office at 455-6319.