Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Receives $136,000 Grant to Transport More Than 1 Million Pounds of Fresh Food to Residents
More than a million pounds of additional food will reach food insecure families in 27 Pennsylvania counties during the next year as a result of a new 26-foot refrigerated truck acquired by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The addition of the truck to the food bank’s fleet was made possible by a $136,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the largest grant received in Pennsylvania for this round of giving.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank collaborates with more than 1000 food assistance agencies – including food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, throughout 27 central Pennsylvania counties – including Adams, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union and York.
Covering 18,000 square miles, the food bank serves more than 344,000 food insecure individuals, including 103,000 children. It is anticipated the truck will enable the food bank to transport 120,000 pounds of produce a month, which equates to an additional 1.4 million pounds of produce per year and an estimated value of $938,000 to mid-state residents in need of food assistance.
“With an expanded transportation fleet, we will be able to deliver additional quantities of fresh food items through growers, producers, wholesalers and retailers that will keep shelves stocked with healthy food at our network partner agencies year-round.” said Joe Arthur, Executive Director of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “We are excited for the opportunity to enhance a community service that provides nutritious food products, including produce and milk, to hundreds of thousands of our neighbors in need, at no cost.”
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s newest truck is essential in helping the non-profit organization meet the daily demands of deliveries, distributions and product procurement within its 18,000 square mile, 27 county service territory. The food bank is better equipped to transport millions of pounds of produce from the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM), which is the world’s largest fully-enclosed and refrigerated wholesale produce terminal, as a direct result of its expanded delivery fleet. Additionally, the expanded transportation fleet will immediately enable the food bank to utilize additional cold storage capacity for Philadelphia produce pickups and better produce procurement and direct distribution to its partner agencies and their clients.
“Walmart is proud to partner with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to not only maintain its current community engagement efforts, but also provide the necessary support to potentially engage new program partners that can assist additional central Pennsylvania residents,” said Brooks Rutledge, central Pennsylvania Walmart market manager. “As the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank celebrates 35 years of operation, we salute its life-changing initiatives that make a difference every single day in the homes of central Pennsylvanians struggling to put food on their tables.”
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has been dedicated to ending hunger for more than 30 years. The Food Bank started as a one-day demonstration project on World Food Day in 1981. To address the needs of hungry families, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank began permanent operation in October 1982.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is the largest non-profit food distribution organization in central Pennsylvania and distributes more than 48 million pounds of food and grocery products – the equivalent of 40 million meals for those residents struggling with food insecurity.
The Walmart Foundation supports organizations by awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
To be considered for support, applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.
Last year, Walmart and the Walmart foundation donated over $29 million in cash or in-kind contributions to Pennsylvania non-profits, including $616,000 for this round of state grants.
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 1000 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.
About Philanthropy at Walmart:
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.