Fighting Hunger Partners of the Year Recognized by Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank selects this year's Fighting Hunger Partner of the Year Awards.
November 11, 2013
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank recently selected the recipients of the 2013 Fighting Hunger Partner of the Year Award at the annual Agency Relations Conference. The award, now in its third year, is chosen from the more than 800 community partners of the Food Bank. Partners are nominated by Food Bank staff and chosen based on exemplary customer service, creative ways to better serve their clients and adapting to needs, collaboration with other organizations and maintaining an organized, efficient pantry. This year’s Fighting Hunger Partner of the Year is Mason Dixon Community Services. Located in Delta, southern York County, Mason Dixon serves a very rural, impoverished population with no other support services offered in the area. More than 150 families are served each month and in addition to offering food assistance Mason Dixon provides energy assistance and takes part in the annual Toys for Tots campaign. “Our partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has truly changed how we have been able to operate in Delta and also, more importantly, has immensely improved what we are able to offer our clients – and that means the world to us,” says Susan Bowen, Delta Center Director. “Thank you for playing such a major role in helping us to help others!”
Honorable mention recipients were Five Barley Loaves Food Pantry, Beavertown, Snyder County and Mountain Lion BackPack Program, Altoona. Five Barley Loaves serves an average of 140 families each month, and also are a distribution site for the ElderShare Program. They also offer a clothing give-away and offer free flu shots each year. Mountain Lion BackPack Program serves 500 children in the Altoona School District. In just two years the program has doubled the number of children served as they truly believe no child should go hungry. Working in collaboration with numerous volunteers and partners has enabled the program to continue to grow to meet the needs of children in Altoona.
Each recipient received an empty plate as an award, symbolizing the families they serve that cannot fill their plates, and a capacity building grant from the Food Bank to assist with the distribution of food.