CAPTION: Benco Dental Managing Partner Chuck Cohen presents the CenterPoint Design team’s “peaceful demonstration” for the United Way Food Drive.

In Northeast Pennsylvania, for the past 23 years, the Workplace Council (through the United Way of Wyoming Valley) has organized a Christmas in July Food Drive in order to restock local food pantries. This project is scheduled at a crucial time of the year when many pantries find their shelves empty and in need of supplies.

The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank who distributes the food donations to charitable organizations feeding the needy in the region. Some of these charities include food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, group homes for the disabled, day care centers, children’s camps and senior citizen programs.

Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, annually supports the cause, and this year, thanks to an associate suggestion through the organization’s Idea Bank, a  a contest is underway to generate additional donations. Contest winners will be determined by a calculation of pounds (overall pounds of food per person on the team) and monetary donations (every dollar raised counts as 2 lbs. of food).

The collection continues through July 28. Find out how to support the cause through the United Way of Wyoming Valley @UnitedWayWB.