SENATOR CASEY JOINS PENNSYLVANIA FOOD BANKS TO LAUNCH FEEDING PENNSYLVANIA
Feeding Pennsylvania, a New Charitable, Non-Profit Organization, Will Aid in the Fight Against Hunger
WILKES-BARRE, PA, May 28, 2013 – Nine Pennsylvania food banks today were joined by Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., the Senior Senator from Pennsylvania and Co-Chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus, to formally launch Feeding Pennsylvania. Feeding Pennsylvania is a charitable, non-profit organization whose mission is to help Pennsylvania’s Feeding America-member food banks secure the food and other resources needed to help end hunger in the Commonwealth.
“I’m proud to stand today with representatives from Pennsylvania’s food banks as they launch Feeding Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “Hunger is an unfortunate reality for too many Pennsylvanians, and every day, our food banks are answering the call for help by providing critically needed food supplies to tens of thousands of our neighbors. Through the work of Feeding Pennsylvania, these food banks will help to call public attention to the critical issue of hunger and advance anti-hunger efforts so that no family has to wonder where their next meal will come from.”
“As we launch Feeding Pennsylvania today, we are excited for this opportunity to expand our hunger-fighting efforts, but we are also mindful of the great need in Pennsylvania that stirs this call to action,” said Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Board Chair of Feeding Pennsylvania. “Through Feeding Pennsylvania, our member food banks will be able to raise more resources to help more Pennsylvanians at risk of hunger and also increase awareness about the devastating impacts of hunger on Pennsylvania communities.”
“Feeding America is very pleased to welcome Feeding Pennsylvania as an official member of our network of food banks and state associations,” said Bob Aiken, President and CEO of Feeding America. “State associations of food banks play an increasingly significant role in hunger relief efforts across the nation, and Feeding Pennsylvania will be an important voice and partner in the fight against hunger.”
“More than 1.85 million people in Pennsylvania – one out of every six – are at risk of hunger and may not know where their next meal is coming from,” said Caryn Long, Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania. “This includes more than 555,000 children in Pennsylvania, one out of every five.”
“As the need continues to remain at record levels as a result of the recession, so too does the demand for food assistance from our food banks,” said Long. “Feeding Pennsylvania recognizes the challenges hunger-relief organizations face in assisting our neighbors in need and is uniquely positioned to provide solutions. By bringing Pennsylvania’s Feeding America-member food banks together in a collaborative environment, Feeding Pennsylvania is able to foster the exchange of ideas and information to create innovative strategies and best practices for addressing the problem of hunger in Pennsylvania.”
In order to more effectively address hunger across the Commonwealth, Feeding Pennsylvania will employ a three-pronged strategy: feed, educate, and advocate. Feeding Pennsylvania members will continue to provide the food resources necessary to feed those in need throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and, in addition, will seek out innovative solutions to better reach those in need in underserved areas. In addition, Feeding Pennsylvania will focus on education, building greater awareness among Pennsylvanians about the existence and prevalence of hunger in the state. Finally, Feeding Pennsylvania will provide a strong, collective voice for hunger-relief, advocating for federal and state policies, programs, and initiatives to improve food access and relieve hunger throughout Pennsylvania.
Feeding Pennsylvania is a recognized “Partner State Association” of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks serve more than 2 million low-income people annually by distributing more than 110 million pounds of food throughout Pennsylvania through partnerships with over 2,300 local agencies and by providing direct service to those in need. In 2012, Feeding Pennsylvania’s collective workforce included more than 375 employees, who hosted more than 48,000 volunteers and facilitated more than 325,000 volunteer hours.
The nine Feeding America-member food banks comprising Feeding Pennsylvania are:
- Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Harrisburg, PA),
- Channels Food Rescue (Harrisburg, PA),
- Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County (Sharon, PA),
- Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (Duquesne, PA),
- CEO Weinberg Regional Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre, PA),
- Philabundance (Philadelphia, PA),
- Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania (Allentown, PA),
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania (Erie, PA),
- and Westmoreland County Food Bank (Delmont, PA).
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About Feeding Pennsylvania
Feeding Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of nine Feeding America-affiliated food banks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The mission of Feeding Pennsylvania is to promote and aid our member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in their communities and across Pennsylvania and to provide a shared voice on the issues of hunger and food access within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Feeding Pennsylvania members include: Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Channels Food Rescue, Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, H & J Weinberg Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Food Bank. For more information about Feeding Pennsylvania, please visit www.feedingpa.org and connect with us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/FeedingPennsylvania.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, Feeding America food banks provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people they serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.