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Embrace Hunger Relief Week

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This story was originally posted by Snak Stash and is reposted with permission. 

Hi, there! I’m making a departure from my ingredient theme for a moment to write a bit about a social problem that is found in every community across our nation – hunger. Since September is Hunger Action Month, it seems fitting to take a moment to reflect on this very real hurdle in the lives of many of our fellow human beings.

I live in Pennsylvania, in small rural community where people tend to have a lot of family and social ties. You might think that these support networks would make hunger a non-issue in our region, but that is SO not the case! Did you know that more than 400,000 people right here in central Pennsylvania don’t have enough food to eat or feed their families (Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 2015)? Did you know that one out of five children in this region will go to school or to bed hungry tomorrow? It could impact my own child’s classmate, an elderly neighbor down the street, or a family at church that feels unable to ask for help. We have the ability, in many different ways, to offer the help they need.

I write this blog for the company I work for – Dutch Valley Foods. One really cool aspect of this company is that part of our vision is built on the concept of giving. The company has membership in the Specialty Food Association, and has committed to participate in the association-sponsored Embrace Hunger Relief Week from September 21 through 27. We’re holding a food drive to collect non-perishables for donation to the Central PA Food Bank. I really respect organizations like the Food Bank for taking on huge problems in our communities and never giving up – no matter how insurmountable the tasks they face.

We’ll be taking our donations to the Food Bank by September 29*. I can’t wait to see how much we can collect! The last time we donated, we had the pleasure of speaking to a young woman who was there selecting food for an education community. With tears in her eyes, she shared her story of how the Food Bank has made their community possible.

Hearing a personal, heartfelt story like that makes the message so powerful. In my next blog, I’ll share a personal story about hunger from my own life. But for now, I’ll leave you with this thought – a donation of food or money, no matter how much or how often, to organizations like the Central PA Food Bank has the power to transform the lives of real people in real need. Every person has burdens to bear, but with our help hunger doesn’t have to be one of them.

*Update October 7, 2015: Dutch Valley Foods employees collected 5,555 pounds of food and $4,000 during their one week food drive - enough to provide more than 28,600 meals to hungry individuals and families in central Pennsylvania.

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Joe Arthur

Joe Arthur

As the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Executive Director, Joe Arthur serves as the Food Bank’s principal ambassador, regularly presenting on the issue of hunger in Pennsylvania. Joe joined the Food Bank in 2008 after working 23 years in finance and accounting management.

Diane Powell

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Tara Davis

Tara Davis

Tara Davis is the SNAP Outreach Manager for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. With 15+ years of nonprofit experience, Tara has spent the last eight years fighting hunger with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Initially, Tara began her career at the Food Bank managing special events and moving on to re-designing and managing the website as well as supporting other endeavors within the Communications & Marketing Department. This past spring she became a part of the Agency Relations Department and took on the new role as SNAP Outreach Manager.

Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson

For more than five years Brad has utilized his skill and experience for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in the fight against hunger. Brad brings 20+ years of nonprofit experience in communications, marketing, public relations and branding to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and as the Director of Communications and Marketing, Brad manages all internal and external communications, public and community relations, marketing, social media and website content, special event planning and brand awareness for the Food Bank.

Katie Wetzel

Katie Wetzel

Katie Wetzel serves as the Marketing Manager at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. In her role, she supervises the design, production and distribution of Food Bank print materials and leads efforts to produce and deploy relevant and engaging content through digital communication channels. Prior to moving into her current role, Katie managed the Food Bank’s volunteer and food drive programs from 2012-2014.

Shelly Shultz

Shelly Shultz

Shelly Shultz is part of the Marketing Team at Dutch Valley Food Distributors. She is also pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership and has a passion for helping people grow and achieve their goals.

Allan Rupert

Allan Rupert

Chef Allan Rupert, executive chef at Final Cut Steakhouse, is a graduate of America’s most renowned culinary school, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduation, Chef Rupert traveled the country and worked at an array of top destination resorts and casinos including Caesars Lake Tahoe, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the LaJallo Beach & Tennis Club, Sky City Restaurant at the Needle in Seattle and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, among others.


3908 Corey Road

Harrisburg, PA 17109


717.561.4636 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-TR: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3301 Wahoo Drive

Williamsport, PA 17701


570.321.8024 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-TR: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
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