Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Receives $12,000 Grant From Caterpillar Foundation
Money will go towards helping to bring more food into the community.
August 06, 2014
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank announced today that they have received a $12,000 investment from the Caterpillar Foundation to help bring more food to people in the central Pennsylvania region they serve who are struggling with hunger.
The grant to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, part of a $1.5 million investment that Caterpillar Foundation is making to Feeding America member food banks across the country, will go towards food sourcing initiatives that will result in more food for local food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens.
“We are extremely grateful for the Caterpillar Foundation’s generous contribution and their commitment to fighting hunger in our communities,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “Working together with partners like Caterpillar, we will strive to ensure everyone has enough healthy food on their table.”
A portion of the donation will also go towards helping Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, increase the number of meals it brings to people through the organization’s nationwide network of food banks. The donation from the Caterpillar Foundation will provide more than 70,000 meals locally.
The donation is especially important now as food insecurity continues to remain high. According to the USDA, 49 million people in the U.S. struggle with hunger, including 16 million children. Here in central Pennsylvania, food insecurity is high with one in eight individuals, more than 367,000 people, not sure where their next meal is coming from.