Battle of the Hamptons Brings in 3,000 lbs of Food

(From left) Lower Southampton Supervisor Ed Shannon, Supervisor Chairman Ray Weldie, Supervisor Deborah Kaplan, Police Sgt. Matthew Bowman, Chief of Police Ted Krimmel, Personnel Administrator and Food Drive Coordinator Lisa Adams, police Lt. Michael Pennington, and volunteers from Assumption Church.

Pantries in Lower Southampton have an extra 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food available thanks to the second annual “Battle of the Hamptons.” The three-week food drive will help those in need feed their families through difficult times.

More than 1,300 pounds will go to the St. Stephens pantry, while under 1,700 pounds will go to the Assumption BVM Church.

Officers with a car load of food for the second annual Battle of the Hamptons.
Ofc Colleen Rosenfeld (L) and Sgt Matthew Bowman. Photo via Crimewatch.

Sgt. Matthew Bowman helped to contribute a full car load to the drive. He parked his police vehicle out front of the Feasterville GIANT in mid-July and customers bought food specifically to donate. Bowman said he was lucky the suspension in his vehicle did not give out.

“I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know if it was going to be a high or low turnout, but it ended up being a crazy and extreme turnout. The generosity of the citizens that I had contact with was really heartwarming. It was a positive event for the community.”

The Battle of the Hamptons is a friendly competition between Northampton, Southampton, and Lower Southampton Townships. With bragging rights being the incentive to win, it helps give another angle to donating food for those in need.

Anyone looking for more ways to donate can contact the Lower Southampton Township administration building at 215-357-7300.