Harrisburg, PA (April 20, 2020) – Today, PSECU, Pennsylvania’s anytime, anywhere digital credit union, announced that it will provide a $25K donation to Feeding Pennsylvania to support the state’s food banks as they face increased demand as a result of COVID-19.
“The current COVID-19 situation has affected all of our lives, but unfortunately, some are experiencing more hardship than others. As a result, food banks across Pennsylvania are currently spending more than $1 million a week to assist those in need,” said PSECU President and CEO George Rudolph. “As a credit union, PSECU is committed to the ‘people helping people’ philosophy, and on behalf of our members, we feel it is important to contribute to the efforts of Feeding Pennsylvania and its partner food banks as they work so hard to meet that increased need.”
“On behalf of Feeding Pennsylvania’s member food banks statewide, we are extremely grateful for PSECU’s generous donation in support of our COVID-19 crisis response,” said Feeding Pennsylvania Executive Director Jane Clements-Smith. “Our food banks have incurred an incredible rise of expenses in order to respond to the increased need we have seen due to so many people temporarily out of work, and we are relying upon generous partners like PSECU to meet this need.”
Of the credit union’s $25K total donation, $10K in support will be earmarked for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, whose footprint covers 27 counties across central Pennsylvania, including Dauphin County where PSECU is headquartered.
“PSECU has been a longtime partner of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and we are grateful for their wonderful gift to aid in our response to the COVID-19 crisis,” said Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur. “With schools closed and so many families facing an uncertain financial future, we need to make sure that everyone still has enough nutritious food to stay healthy. Life-sustaining gifts like this one will help us ensure that no family is hungry through this crisis and beyond.”
The remaining $15K will be disbursed by Feeding Pennsylvania to its eight additional food bank partners within Pennsylvania, including Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, Helping Harvest Fresh 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, Inc.. Together, this network of food banks addresses the issue of food insecurity across all 67 Pennsylvania counties.
PSECU has maintained strong bonds with local and statewide food banks for a number of years. Last year for example, Feeding Pennsylvania was the beneficiary of the third annual PSECU Chips In Golf Outing, which raised $50K, and it has been selected as the beneficiary again for the 2020 event. PSECU has also served as the presenting sponsor of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month Virtual Food drive for multiple years, including the 2019 initiative which provided more than 175,000 meals for those in need.
“As fellow Pennsylvanians, we’re thankful for the work that Feeding Pennsylvania, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and other food bank partners across the state do each and every day to meet the needs of people in our communities. We’re proud to support their missions, especially during this challenging time,” Rudolph added.
About Feeding Pennsylvania
Feeding Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of eight 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 our communities and across Pennsylvania and to provide a shared voice on the issues of hunger and food access within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information about Feeding Pennsylvania, please visit www.feedingpa.org, connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingPennsylvania, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FeedingPA.
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 1,000 local agencies, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves more than 135,000 people in need every month. 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.