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Feeding Pennsylvania Responds to Urgent COVID-19 Need, Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity

April 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 27, 2020) — Feeding Pennsylvania is responding to meet the needs of our member food banks during the Covid-19 Pandemic by participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

During this 24-hour campaign, our goal is to raise awareness and to provide our member food banks funds for the Covid-19 Crisis Response – a program that helps our food banks directly serve those affected by the pandemic. Over the past few weeks and months, Feeding Pennsylvania, our members, partners, and supporters have been coming together to ensure no one in Pennsylvania is hungry. And in this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things.

“In times of crisis, Feeding Pennsylvania and our member food banks are here for those who need support. Across the state, our food banks are working tirelessly to serve more individuals in need than ever before. But, we can’t do it alone” said Jane Clements-Smith, Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania. “We need your help to provide food for children and families whose lives have been turned upside down. In times like these, Feeding Pennsylvania is grateful for any support that will help us continue to meet the critical need! So, on Tuesday, May 5th, let’s come together to help end hunger in Pennsylvania.”

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.

“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”

Those interested in joining Feeding Pennsylvania’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit https://www.feedingpa.org/support-our-mission/.

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org),  Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.

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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 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 GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.

#GivingTuesdayNow is organized by GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

 

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