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.

Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Donates $10,000 To Feeding PA

July 21, 2020



Pennsylvania Bar Association helping families facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harrisburg, PA (July 22, 2020) – The Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section recently made a $10K donation to Feeding Pennsylvania to support its member food banks as they continue to face increased demand as a result of COVID-19. The donation will be distributed amongst Feeding PA’s nine-member food banks who serve all 67 counties across the commonwealth.

As a direct result of COVID-19, Feeding Pennsylvania’s food banks have seen an alarming rise in demand with an average increase of more than 50 percent of clients coming into their partner agencies or attending special distributions. While the charitable food network has continued to ramp up efforts to meet this need while also investing in necessary supplies and structures to ensure social distancing and cleanliness, Feeding Pennsylvania will continue to rely upon the generosity of donors like the Pennsylvania Bar Association, to support the crisis response across the state.

“Pennsylvania’s food banks have invested an enormous amount of time, energy and dollars into adjusting the way we distribute food to families facing hunger while ensuring that we protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and the clients that we serve,” said Jane Clements-Smith, Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania.  “The PBA Family Law Section has been a generous donor of ours in the past, and we are extremely grateful for this contribution right when we need financial support the most.”

“Whether it’s a donation of time or funds, members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association are always seeking ways to give back to communities in Pennsylvania where they live and work,” said PBA President David E. Schwager. “And because many are still being impacted by COVID-19, the PBA Family Law Section has gone above and beyond this year by doubling its annual $5,000 contribution.”

“The Family Law Section felt that it was important to support Feeding Pennsylvania for its work in assisting food banks secure food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in communities across the state,” said PBA Family Law Section Chair Michael E. Bertin. “With high unemployment rates, the effects of this pandemic are still being felt in many communities which is what moved us to make this $10,000 donation to help feed hungry families.”

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Jane Clements-Smith, Executive Director

Feeding Pennsylvania

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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, connect with us on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FeedingPA.

About Pennsylvania Bar Association:

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.