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Food Pantry Aims for Pepsi Project
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Although the general election is over, there is another kind of voting going on through the end of the month and your vote could help those who are down on their luck.

Workers at Catholic Social Services in Hazleton pack food for those who are having tough times.

"The need for the community has increased because of our economy. We're seeing a huge influx of people laid off, lost jobs or whatever," said Lee Ann Lywiski of Catholic Social Services.

One of those having a hard time making it through is Kyra Fehr "We go every year for the Thanksgiving and Christmas. Without it I wouldn't have anything for my kids for the holidays," Fehr said.

Officials at Catholic Social Services said they need more room for their food pantry.

Officials said the solution is turn the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church into a food pantry and community hall. That will cost about $400,000. Officials are hoping for seed money from a major corporation.

"Pepsi is actually giving away $1.3 million a month to fund different ideas to fund different programs around the country," said Neil Oberto of Catholic Social Services, "so we're trying to gear up as many folks as we can because it's something people have to vote on."

The more votes the project gets the better chance the food pantry gets $50,000 from Pepsi.

"We need the help of the community. We need the help of the whole region to make this work," Oberto added.

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