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State Employees Host Spaghetti Dinner To Pay Back Food Bank

By Staff | Aug 25, 2009

In support of the Lycoming County Food Bank, a group of local state workers are sponsoring a spaghetti dinner open to the public on Friday, August 28 at the Geringer Hall on Main Street in Muncy. Donations will be accepted at the door, and all proceeds will go to the food bank. All state employees will get a free meal by showing their ID. “We are doing this because the food bank was so generous to us while we had no pay for four weeks. This is our way of paying back to the community for everything they did for us,” said Rhonda Barger, union president for the local chapter of the Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association.

For many state workers, wages were not received from July 1 until the first Friday in August. “Even though we got our back pay, we still had to pay our bills and many of us had to pay them late. The extra help we got from the food bank was extremely helpful for us,” added Barger, an employee with the Muncy State Correctional Institute. “We were not getting unemployment and many of us could not pay our groceries and utilities during this time,” she adds.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. and children seven and under can eat for free. For more information, call 547-0839.