Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and PSECU Celebrate Success of Hunger Action Month
September is Hunger Action month, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness and take action to help end hunger. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB) partnered with their Hunger Action Month presenting sponsor, PSECU, to host fundraising and awareness events including the annual Hunger Hero Awards and a new virtual food drive initiative.
“Hunger Action Month 2017 was incredibly exciting and we are once again amazed at the engagement and dedication of our community,” said CPFB Executive Director Joe Arthur. “With one in eight people struggling with hunger in Central Pennsylvania, every donor gift is vital to support this mission throughout the year. We are grateful for the tremendous support we received during Hunger Action Month to help those in need in our communities.”
Along with the CPFB’s advocacy and awareness efforts during September, PSECU hosted a virtual food drive. Through this online platform, supporters engage with an interactive website grocery store simulating how monetary donations efficiently purchase food for hungry families, veterans and seniors. As part of the effort, PSECU offered a match to the virtual food drive donations during Hunger Action Month up to a total of $25,000. By month-end, more than $8,200 was raised from the virtual food drive, providing nearly 50,000 meals to those in need.
“We consider it an honor to serve as presenting sponsor of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month activities, and to contribute to this worthy cause through a match on donations made by the community – many of whom are PSECU members,” said PSECU President Greg Smith. “We aim to follow the ‘people helping people’ philosophy of credit unions and our support of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is one of the ways we do that on a local scale, right here in Central Pennsylvania.”
In addition, CPFB hosted the annual Hunger Action Day Breakfast and Hunger Hero Award events at its Harrisburg and Williamsport Healthy Food Hubs to recognize individuals and groups for their partnership and service. The event was presented by PSECU, with breakfast provided by Sysco. The 2017 Hunger Heroes were:
· 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
During the month, CPFB also encouraged advocates in the Central Pennsylvania community to come together and raise awareness of hunger in the community. Community leaders, television/radio personalities, and elected officials visited the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank as celebrity volunteers. This year’s celebrity volunteers included:
· General Carrelli and senior staff members from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs
· Secretary Teresa Osborne from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging
· Pennsylvania Senator John DiSanto
· Valerie Pritchett from abc27
· Chris Garrett from FOX43
· CBS 21 Day of Caring with Sherry Christian, Steve Knight, Mike Gorsegner, Jasmine Brooks, Joel D. Smith, Sara Small and other staff members.
· Glenn Hamilton from The River 97.3
· Sue Campbell from Wink104
· Michael Leader and his family from Country Meadows Retirement Communities
· Janice Black from the Foundation for Enhancing Communities
· Representative Patty Kim
Other noteworthy Hunger Action Month activities included:
· Illumination of the Pennsylvania Capitol in orange for Hunger Action Day
· Proclamation of Hunger Action Month from Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania State Senate and Pennsylvania House of Representatives
· Weis Fights Hunger 5K held in State College (Presenting sponsor: PSECU)
About Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 900 local agencies, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides nearly 650,000 nutritious meals to people in need every week. For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit centralpafoodbank.org or call 717.564.1700. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/centralpafoodbank and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @centralpafb.
Opened in 1934, PSECU was founded by 22 ordinary people who made an extraordinary commitment to each other: To create a financial institution where pooled resources benefit all members. Today, we are a full-service credit union serving more than 400,000 members and have over $5 billion in assets. As a not-for-profit financial institution, our goal remains to help our members and their families achieve a better life. For more information about PSECU, visit psecu.com. View our Community Report Card to learn how we contribute to the greater good.