Press Release

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Presenting Sponsor PSECU Team Up To Raise Awareness and Resources During Hunger Action Month

Harrisburg, PA - August 30, 2017 - One in eight people and one in five children in Central Pennsylvania struggle with hunger. During September, Hunger Action Month - a nationwide initiative to raise awareness and take action to help end hunger - the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB) is partnering with Presenting Sponsor PSECU, a leading Pennsylvania-based credit union, to host events, awards, and a virtual food drive initiative to highlight the issue of hunger in our area and spur community action.

"Nearly half a million people here in Central PA are hungry," said Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. "The Food Bank has easy ways for our community to do their part during Hunger Action Month. Whether you can make a monetary donation, or spare a few hours to volunteer, you can fight hunger and help your neighbors."

"At PSECU, we believe in the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people,' and that's why on behalf of our more than 400,000 members, it's an honor to announce PSECU's role as Presenting Sponsor of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Hunger Action Month," said PSECU President Greg Smith. "We hope that our joint efforts help foster positive change."

Hunger and community advocates from our area, like CPFB's 5,000 volunteers and PSECU, are working together to shine a light on the issue of hunger and extend a hand to the one in eight of their fellow Central Pennsylvanians who are hungry.

The Food Bank will be presenting its annual Hunger Heroes Awards at the Annual Hunger Action Day Breakfasts in the Food Bank's healthy food hubs in Williamsport (September 7) and Harrisburg (September 14). Members of the community are invited to register to attend the free events at centralpafoodbank.org.

The 2017 Hunger Heroes are:

  • Advocacy Partner: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Corporate/Foundation Partner: Morgan Stanley
  • Food Donor: GIANT Food Stores
  • Individual Philanthropist: the late Benjamin Olewine III
  • Individual Volunteer: Judy VanSant
  • Innovative Partner: The Milton Bicentennial: Conagra Brands and John Meckley
  • Volunteer Group: Carmella

To help bring awareness to hunger, the Food Bank has asked community leaders to be "celebrity volunteers" and help pack boxes, visit food distribution sites, and raise awareness throughout the month of September. These celebrity volunteers include public officials, corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, media personalities, and more.

During Hunger Action Month, PSECU will also be hosting a virtual food drive, a new, online initiative of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank that allows Central Pennsylvania businesses and groups to raise funds to support the Food Bank's work. On this platform, supporters can challenge friends and family with a virtual food drive on an interactive website that simulates how monetary donations efficiently purchase food for hungry families, veterans, and seniors. For additional information on how to get involved, please call 717.564.1700.

"To further strengthen this year's Hunger Action Month Virtual Food Drive effort, PSECU has committed to matching contributions up to a total of $10,000," said Smith. "During September, visit centralpafoodbank.org/donate/psecu to start shopping and make your virtual donation. Together we can end hunger in our communities."

In addition to their promotion of the Hunger Action Month virtual food drive, PSECU will be highlighting hunger issues throughout the month of September. They will be promoting ways families can use effective budgeting to make healthy food choices, highlighting hunger issues on college campuses, and volunteering at the Food Bank as a hands-on way to help their neighbors in need.

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is one of 200 food bank members of Feeding America, which serves every county in the United States and provides over 3 billion meals each year to Americans in need. To learn more about hunger and Hunger Action Month events, activities, and ways to get involved, visit centralpafoodbank.org/HungerActionMonth.

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 900 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 PSECU

Opened in 1934, PSECU was founded by 22 ordinary people who made an extraordinary commitment to each other: To create a financial institution where pooled resources benefit all members. Today, we are a full-service credit union serving more than 400,000 members and have over $5 billion in assets. As a not-for-profit financial institution, our goal remains to help our members and their families achieve a better life. For more information about PSECU, visit psecu.com. View our Community Report Card to learn how we contribute to the greater good.