The Salvation Army and York City are partnering for the first time to collect food this month for the area's needy.

All of the donations will stay within York County, and most will go to York City families, said George Lenkner, the Salvation Army's business manager.

More than 3,000 families are served each year by the local Salvation Army, Lenkner said.

Much of the food donated during October will end up on tables during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, he said.

At a press conference Friday, Mayor Kim Bracey said she is challenging residents to each donate a non-perishable food item. Collection boxes are ready at City Hall, 101 S. George St., and at the police station, 50 W. King St.

"I'm sure that as a community, as always, we will rise to the occasion," Bracey said.

The mayor will present the Salvation Army with collected donations Oct. 27, nationally known as Make a Difference Day.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.

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