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Feeding Pennsylvania promotes and aids our member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in their communities and across Pennsylvania.

2020 Highlights: 15 Positive Things that Happened at Feeding PA this Year

December 14, 2020

The past year has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, and it has affected all of us in so many ways. Although it was a year of growth and providing more meals to our neighbors than ever before, it was also a year where so many families needed assistance for the very first time. So many members of our community never expected to be in this position and are now struggling to put food on the table.

While we can all agree that 2020 was a year of difficult times, we are happy to highlight some positivity that came to Feeding Pennsylvania and our members throughout the last 12 months. Please take the time to read our reflection of this year. We are proud of the work we have done and will continue to fight hunger on the front lines to work toward ensuring that every family in Pennsylvania has access to nutritious food.

1. First Lady Frances Wolf and Secretary Russell Redding joined us for our Fill a Glass with Hope Kickoff that raised over $162,000.

2. We partnered with PA Eats to develop the Nourish PA and Nourish PA for Kids Series to complement the PA Healthy Pantry Initiative. 

3. The Wolf Administration provided nearly 16 million for our food banks.

4. Our Executive Director participated in the Celebrity Cow Milking Competition.

5. We welcomed Tom Mainzer, our Director of Agricultural Partnerships.

6. We partnered with PSECU to join the WGAL “The More You Know” series.

7. Pennsylvania’s General Assembly awarded a 10 million contract, federally funded through the Cares Act, to Feeding PA to support the PASS program.

8. Sonny Perdue helped Feeding Pennsylvania kick off the Westmoreland County Food Bank Farmers to Families program drive-thru distribution where MARC produce boxes were distributed to families in need!

9. Through the USDA Farmers to Families program, the MARC was awarded a grant to build pre-packed mixed produce boxes to enable fast, efficient, and low-touch distribution. This allowed the MARC to continue distributing fresh produce boxes across the Mid-Atlantic region and help member food banks with their Covid-19 response.

10. Feeding Pennsylvania partnered with Operation BBQ Relief to provide ready-to-eat meals prepared by local restaurants to distribute to our member food banks.

11. Through the PASS program, Feeding Pennsylvania purchased 200,000 pounds of Swiss cheese to distribute through our member food banks.

12. Our Executive Director introduced Senator Bob Casey for his Lobby Day remarks before thousands of hunger advocates hit the hill to advocate at the Feeding America Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in DC!

13. Feeding America Chief Executive Officer, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, visited three of our member food banks this September!

14. We welcomed 3 new Executive Directors to our member food banks Katarah Jordan, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA; Loree Jones, Philabundance; and Rebecca Page, Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.

15. The Second Lady of Pennsylvania, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, joined Feeding PA at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to assist with a food distribution and to educate Pennsylvanians about the 2020 United States Census deadline.