Erie News Now is teaming up with the Second Harvest Food Bank this week to help families in need.

Starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, we will be collecting money, non-perishable food items, and frozen turkey's during the 21st Annual Erie News Now Food Drive.

Our station will have 13 different drop-off locations available in Erie, Crawford, Warren and McKean counties. Find the full list here.

While all donations are appreciated, monetary donations will go the furthest.

"One dollar equals six meals for us,” said Second Harvest Food Bank Director of Development Breanna Watts. “With our special relationships that we have with some of our vendors and some of our corporations, we're able to purchase food at a rate that the normal consumer can not."

With the labor shortage, supply chain disruption, and other factors contributing to inflation, every donation is crucial.

"People are seeing prices at the supermarket sky-high,” said Second Harvest Food Bank Director of Networking Relations Gerry Weiss. “They are seeing it at the gas pump, they are seeing it in their bills. They will need us now more than ever. The more help we can get from the community, the better."