Helping to feed those in need

Local townships compete in annual Battle of the Hamptons, collect food for area pantries

Source: Stu Coren

The Townships of Lower Southampton, Upper Southampton and Northampton recently collected food in the annual Battle of the Hamptons competition to help feed those in need. The drive collected more than 17,000 pounds of food for St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Assumption BVM Church and Jesus Focus Ministry Food Pantry at Bethanna.

The contest this year was designed for the greatest increase by percentage over last year. Lower Southampton collected 3,032 pounds (180 percent increase), Upper Southampton collected 7,012 pounds (113 percent increase) and Northampton collected 7,635 pounds (40 percent increase).

Showing the foods collected in the three-week drive (from left) are Ed Shannon, a Lower Southampton Township supervisor; Ray Weldie, chairman of the Lower Southampton supervisors; Deborah Kaplan, a township supervisor; police Sgt. Matthew Bowman; Chief of Police Ted Krimmel; Lisa Adams, Lower Southampton personnel administrator and food drive coordinator; police Lt. Michael Pennington; and volunteers from Assumption Church.