State Rep. Keith McCall said that his annual Senior Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at Memorial Hall, East 10th Street in Jim Thorpe.

"Every year the Senior Fair gets bigger and better, and I hope we have another record-breaking turnout this year," McCall said. "There will be more than 50 area companies and service organizations on hand to provide great information, health screenings and prizes – and of course we'll be once again providing a free lunch to the seniors who attend."

Like last year, McCall is asking participants to consider bringing a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food bank.

"Last year we were simply overwhelmed by the amazing generosity of Carbon County's seniors – the donation barrels were filled to overflowing and a lot of needy people got help putting food on their tables," McCall said. "As great as last year's response was, I'm sure this year we can do even better."

Food donations are not required for entry into the Senior Fair, which is free and open to all older adults in the 122nd Legislative District, but all donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted.

Some examples of the more popular food bank food items include: beef stew, canned processed meat, pork and beans, green beans, instant potatoes, tomato soup, chili and beans, kidney beans, spaghetti, canned milk, powdered milk, fruit cocktail, canned pasta, jelly, canned salmon, tuna fish, spaghetti sauce (plain or with meat), peanut butter, canned corn, vegetable soup, canned peas, rice, chicken noodle soup, macaroni and cheese boxed dinners, cereals, apple sauce, peaches, crackers and salad dressing.