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Food and book drives expanding to two weeks

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Each of our two primary charitable endeavors — the Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive and Bouquets for Books children’s book drive — will expand to two weeks beginning this year.

They have been one-week events until now.

“Even with the tremendous success of these efforts, we think the potential exists to generate even more community involvement,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Royer’s.

“People are busy, and it takes some effort to shop for food or books and drop them off at our stores. We want to make sure there’s enough time for them to do that, because the need certainly is great.”

This year, Royer’s Stems Hunger will run from June 18 through July 2; Bouquets for Books will be Oct. 22 through Nov 5.

Royer’s Stems Hunger, which benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank, has collected nearly five tons of nonperishable food.

Bouquets for Books has collected more than 15,000 new children’s books for area public libraries in its first 10 years.

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