We’ve ‘bean’ thinking about how grateful we are for your support this month! This is the last stop Crunch will make on the journey and it's the most important stop!
Every day, neighbors across central Pennsylvania make hard choices between paying for groceries or other critical expenses such as housing, transportation and medicine. The Food Bank works diligently to meet the needs of those facing hunger.
Families like Anna's, who says the Food Bank helps them stretch their budgets a little further each month.
“The Food Bank means being able to get through the month without stressing about where we are getting money to get our meals. It means being able to pay an entire bill instead of needing some of that for food.”
Read more at https://bit.ly/3Ltk8H3
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is “apple-solutely 🍎” lucky to have more than 16,000 volunteers! These generous and devoted individuals are making the difference each day. Read more about the impactful work they do - directly making sure that nutritious food is packed and ready to go for families challenged with food insecurity.
“Lett-uce” welcome you inside the doors to our healthy food hubs in Harrisburg and Williamsport. Our warehouses are exciting places to be and after being picked up from the farm, that's where you'll find Crunch - in a cool resting place before delivery to one of more than 1,000 partner agencies. Our Healthy Food Hubs are the nerve center of the CPFB. Read more about what happens when Crunch gets to the warehouse https://bit.ly/3BowXis
P.S. With the start of football season, here's a #FunFact. Combined, our facilities are roughly the same size as two and a half football fields! 🏈🏈
Our Healthy Food Hubs in Harrisburg and Williamsport contain approximately 2,000 shelves that we keep fully stocked with food. How do we do it? Take a peek into how we get fresh produce, including apples, from the farm to the Food Bank. https://bit.ly/3Txyt9h. It's an "un-beetable" start to Crunch's adventure.
Save the date: #GiveLocalYork is Friday, May 6! You can be part of the celebration by giving to your favorite nonprofit (which we know is us!). With your help we can help provide hope to our neighbors in need, neighbors like Linda.
Linda began visiting Charlotte’s Pantry (a Central Pennsylvania Food Bank partner) a few years after her husband passed because the survivor’s benefits that she lived on were spreading thin. Seven years later, she continues to express her gratitude for the nutritious food. “I have always believed that no one should go hungry in our county,” Linda says. “People are overfed, but they're undernourished. Getting healthy food makes a world of difference.”
Unfortunately, Linda has found it difficult to get a job because of her age, so she is currently out of work. She is forever grateful to the Food Bank for providing to people like herself who are down on their luck with not just food, but hope.
On May 6 you can give by going to https://bit.ly/3aI99bU
Today, we join Feeding Pennsylvania's #HearThePACrunch campaign to help raise awareness around the importance of school breakfast. Together, we can help Pennsylvania’s children stay full and stay focused. Take Action bit.ly/Pacrunch HappyCrunchin’! #NSBW22 #SchoolBreakfast
"Breakfast helps me stay full and focused throughout the day," Joe Arthur, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank executive director. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and we support the School Breakfast Program because it provides millions of children a nutritious meal that they need to learn and be healthy.
Join us on March 9th at 10am for Feeding Pennsylvania's annual #HearThePACrunch campaign as we urge Congress to extend #childnutition policies that support these programs and help kids get the nutrition they need – whether school is in session or not. Learn More: bit.ly/hearthepacrunch
Choose to end hunger.
It's almost here! We are just a few days away from First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania's #RaisetheRegion2022 30-hour online fundraising event beginning at 6pm on March 9. Prices for many household goods and services are surging, putting further strain on family budgets, with no end in sight. So many of our neighbors are forced to make impossible choices between paying for groceries or paying for other critical needs such as housing, heat, transportation, and childcare.
Make a difference on March 9 – 10. https://bit.ly/2NJeqHW
On a day that celebrates love💕, we wanted to celebrate you! Thank you for being such a sweet friend to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and helping us serve children, families, seniors, and veterans in our community facing hunger. You bring so much love to our community, and we are very grateful for your kindhearted support.
We hope you have a wonderful day filled with love.😘
The Hollinger Family, wonderful friends of the Food Bank, created a $75,000 match fund for us this past holiday season. We are incredibly grateful to them for their commitment to the families, individuals, children, seniors and veterans in our communities who face hunger. Their generosity inspired others to give and helped us raise more than $150,000 with their match. This allowed the Food Bank to provide more than 900,000 meals throughout the holiday season and beyond.
We are very thankful to the Hollinger Family and our many compassionate donors!
#BetterTogether #FightingHunger #ImprovingLives #StrengtheningCommunities
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 and will remain closed until Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 8 a.m. We wish you all healthy and happy holiday season.❄️
Meet Casey and Erika
Meet Casey and Erika. They have been working at the Food Bank as Nutrition Educators for over a year through the PA Healthy Pantry Initiative, a program of Feeding Pennsylvania, teaching about the power food 🍎.
"Hunger is a health issue. Nutrition-related illness disproportionately affects individuals who are food-insecure. There is a connection between hunger and health, and as Nutrition Educators, we are in a position to influence the health of our communities," says Erika.
Together they work closely with 21 Food Bank partners throughout our 27-county service area to ensure that those seeking food assistance are not only fed, but also nourished and empowered by increasing access to nutritious food.
"Nutrition Education has the potential to empower people to step out of their current circumstances and improve their lives in a significant way. Teaching people about nutrition and how to cook and prepare meals, not only benefits them but their families as well - which can have a generational impact," says Casey.
Thank you ladies for bringing your talent and knowledge to our #team to empower the world. For current job openings with the food bank, go to https://bit.ly/3wfiy2J
Why not take a lunch break and donate to the Food Bank during #ExtraGive, a 24 hour online giving event going on now. A gift of just $25 will help provide over 150 meals to our neighbors who are facing food insecurity.
Make an EXTRA impact for neighbors like Keith, who reached out to the Food Bank when he took an early retirement because of health problems. Watch and share his story.
If you give between noon and 1pm you could help us win an extra $500! To give now, go to https://bit.ly/2YhakMn
#FightingHunger #ImprovingLives #StrengtheningCommunities #BetterTogether
Weis Markets Donates $15,000
Weis Markets is one of the largest supporters of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, regularly making donations of food and funds throughout our 27-county territory. Last week, they once again partnered with abc27 News for the Feed a Local Family campaign and made another $15,000 donation to the Food Bank. This is in addition to the $25,000 they gave us at the beginning of #HungerActionMonth. We are grateful for the continued support and partnership of Weis Markets, making them one of our many #HungerHeroes this year.
Meet our Hunger Heroes
We want to thank you, central Pennsylvania - our community of #HungerHeroes, who showed us the impossible can be possible by working together. For #HungerActionDay, let's join together once more and take action.
LEARN. COMMIT. SPEAK UP. https://bit.ly/3yQwwsV
Patients Are Waiting
We are proud to partner with organizations such as Patients R Waiting, who are working to improve vaccine access in our communities. #BetterTogether
What is your favorite fruit?
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) allows the Food Bank to partner with churches, community organizations and public parks to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer months.
Last summer at the height of the pandemic, the majority of summer sites closed and the Food Bank found alternative avenues to make sure all children and families had access to nutritious food. This year, as summer sites are reopening, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will sponsor more than 60 summer feeding sites, serving on average 2,900 children each week. #FightingHunger #ImprovingLives #StrengtheningCommunities
Video taken in 2019; stat update - 1 in 7 children are food insecure.
"I get $781 a month on social security. And I have to pay the rent, my insurance on the car, electric, and cable."
5.3 million seniors in the United States are food insecure, which means they’re not getting the nutrition they need to stay in good health. Just as it’s necessary for young children to receive proper nutrition, it’s imperative aging adults get enough nutrients to remain strong and healthy.
Last year, the Food Bank and our partners distributed nearly 14 million pounds of produce!
#HealthyFood #FightingHunger #OlderAmericansMonth
You have until 11:59:59pm to make a donation during #GiveLocalYork. Know that every dollar you are able to give helps to put food on the table for families who are facing food insecurity, many for the first time, like Greg. Donate online at https://bit.ly/3aI99bU
Meet Liz, a volunteer at the Northern Dauphin Food Pantry, a program of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. A retiree of ten years, she had sought out the Food Bank because she wanted to do something valuable with her time. When asked to describe the Food Bank in one word, Liz gives an answer that only further exemplifies her expertise as a volunteer.
“Rewarding. It’s rewarding for me, I hope it’s rewarding for the other people. I get a lot out of it too,” she grins.
Volunteers are the heart of our mission. We thank each and every one of you for all that you have done during this time and throughout the year. #NationalVolunteerMonth
Video taken in 2019.
Hunger Isn't Selective. Meet Greg!
You have until 11:59pm tonight to make a donation during #RaisetheRegion, an online giving campaign. Know that every dollar you are able to give helps to put food on the table for families who are facing food insecurity many for the first time, like Greg. Watch and share his story. To donate, go to: https://bit.ly/2NJeqHW
Thank you for joining us in the fight to end hunger! A special thanks to everyone who has donated so far!!! #RaisetheRegion #ThankYou #FightingHunger
Rise and shine!!! It’s #RaisetheRegion- did you get your coffee and donate yet this morning? Make a donation between 6am to 9am and we could win an additional $1,000 with UPMC's Rise & Shine Prize. That would be apple-solutely amazing!
(Video from 2019)
Hear The Crunch PA
We joined Feeding Pennsylvania's #HearThePACrunch to help raise awareness around the importance of school breakfast and to support the work being done to ensure no child goes hungry. Together, we can tackle this statewide issue and help Pennsylvania’s children stay full and stay focused. Happy Crunchin’!
Hunger Isn't Selective. Meet Jammie & David
It's almost here! We are just one day away from First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania's #RaisetheRegion 30-hour online fundraising event beginning at 6pm on March 10. 🙌
The demand for food is at an all-time high and our neighbors need our help now more than ever. Know that every dollar you are able to give helps to put food on the table for families who are facing food insecurity, like Jammie who lost her job due to the pandemic. Watch and share her story.
#Fundraising #BetterTogether #FightingHunger #ImprovingLives #StrengtheningCommunities #Community #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors #HelpingHand #FoodOnTable
Chef Qui Qui
Qui Qui Musarra, owner of the Harrisburg restaurant trio—Mangia Qui, Rubicon and Suba Tapas Bar, has supported the Food Bank throughout the years during our Top Taste fundraiser. Now she is a top contender in a national “Favorite Chef” competition hosted by celebrity Chef Eddie Matney. Voters can cast additional votes by donating, as a portion of the profits from the contest will go to Feeding America.
Read more and find out how you can cast a vote for Qui Qui.
Hunger Isn't Selective. Meet Gary!
Gary, a veteran, has a story that is all too often familiar. Social Security is often not enough to pay bills and buy groceries🍎. He turned to the Food Bank for a helping hand and was amazed at the nutritious food he received. Watch and share his story.
March is #NationalNutritionMonth. Everyone deserves access to good, nutritious food and enough of it to live healthy, successful lives.
On a day that celebrates love, we wanted to celebrate you! Thank you for standing with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and helping us serve children, families, seniors, and veterans in our community facing hunger. Know that our friends and neighbors appreciate all you do!
We hope you have a wonderful day filled with love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Duane Hershey of Ar-Joy Farms
Did you know that #milk is one of the most requested items at food banks but is rarely donated?
As the nation's first charitable fresh milk program, Fill a Glass with Hope® aims to make the dream of milk for Pennsylvanians in need a reality. Learn more about how dairy partners, like Duane Hershey of Ar-Joy Farms, help contribute to our food banks with this throwback video from World Milk Day and by visiting feedingpa.org/milk/!