During September, Hunger Action Month - a nationwide initiative to raise awareness and take action to help end hunger - the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB) is partnering with Presenting Sponsor PSECU, a leading Pennsylvania-based credit union, to host events, awards, and a virtual food drive initiative to highlight the issue of hunger in our area and spur community action.
“Nearly half a million people here in Central PA are hungry,” said Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “The Food Bank has easy ways for our community to do their part during Hunger Action Month. Whether you can make a monetary donation, or spare a few hours to volunteer, you can fight hunger and help your neighbors.”
“At PSECU, we believe in the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people,’ and that’s why on behalf of our more than 400,000 members, it’s an honor to announce PSECU’s role as Presenting Sponsor of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Hunger Action Month,” said PSECU President Greg Smith. “We hope that our joint efforts help foster positive change.”
Hunger and community advocates from our area, like CPFB’s 5,000 volunteers and PSECU, are working together to shine a light on the issue of hunger and extend a hand to the one in eight of their fellow Central Pennsylvanians who are hungry.
The Food Bank will be presenting its annual Hunger Heroes Awards at the Annual Hunger Action Day Breakfasts in the Food Bank’s healthy food hubs in Williamsport on Sept. 7 and in Harrisburg on Sept. 14. Members of the community are invited to register to attend the free events at centralpafoodbank.org.
The 2017 Hunger Heroes are:
Advocacy Partner: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Corporate/Foundation Partner: Morgan Stanley
Food Donor: GIANT Food Stores
Individual Philanthropist: the late Benjamin Olewine III
Individual Volunteer: Judy VanSant
Innovative Partner: The Milton Bicentennial: Conagra Brands and John Meckley
Volunteer Group: Carmella
To help bring awareness to hunger, the Food Bank has asked community leaders to be “celebrity volunteers” and help pack boxes, visit food distribution sites, and raise awareness throughout the month of September. These celebrity volunteers include public officials, corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, media personalities, and more.
During Hunger Action Month, PSECU will also be hosting a virtual food drive, a new, online initiative of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank that allows Central Pennsylvania businesses and groups to raise funds to support the Food Bank’s work. On this platform, supporters can challenge friends and family with a virtual food drive on an interactive website that simulates how monetary donations efficiently purchase food for hungry families, veterans, and seniors. For additional information on how to get involved, please call (717) 564-1700.
“To further strengthen this year’s Hunger Action Month Virtual Food Drive effort, PSECU has committed to matching contributions up to a total of $10,000,” said Smith. “During September, visit centralpafoodbank.org/donate/psecu to start shopping and make your virtual donation. Together we can end hunger in our communities.”