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Armstrong “In the Loop”

Recently our CEO, Jennifer Miller, sat down Seth Prentice of Armstrong's "In the Loop" podcast to talk about the Food Bank, Hunger Action Month and all the critical information that the public might not be aware of with their [...]

Westmoreland County Food Bank Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Earns Seal of Excellence

The Westmoreland County Food Bank is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. The Westmoreland County Food Bank voluntarily opened itself up to analysis by [...]

September is Hunger Action Month™

Hunger Action Month is the Feeding America® network’s nationwide awareness driver, designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and food insecurity.  This annual month-long campaign brings attention to the reality of food insecurity in [...]

John Beltz, August 2019

John Beltz from Tarrs was recognized recently for his help at the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Food Pantry with distributing and delivering food to clients.  He also expanded his volunteer efforts by helping at the monthly CSFP Senior Food Box [...]

Food Bank Commemorates Volunteer Appreciation Month

Each year, the Westmoreland County Food Bank recognizes its core of over 6,000 volunteers for all of the work that they accomplish in assisting the Food Bank during a luncheon, which is held in the Westmoreland County Food Bank Warehouse. [...]

Helen Gara, June 2018

Westmoreland County Food Bank recognizes Helen Gara as the June 2019 Volunteer of the Month.  She has been a pantry volunteer for the past five years at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church food pantry in West Newton. The leadership there [...]

Cameron McClain, February 2019

Cameron McClain from Spectrum Charter School, Inc. was recognized as the Food Bank's February Volunteer of the Month. Cameron has been volunteering with his school for 6 years now. "His work quality and professionalism on the job site, warranted the award", [...]

Ben Chapman, January 2019

Ben Chapman of Greensburg Salem High School Community Service Class was awarded the Volunteer of the Month award for his help at our Delmont warehouse. Ben has been a pleasure to work with for the past school semester. He did anything [...]

Albert Hoyle, November 2018

Albert Hoyle of Avonmore was recognized as an outstanding volunteer for the St. Ambrose Food Pantry.  Colleen Williams, Pantry Coordinator, stated that, "Albert arrives early and stays to the very end. He helps with setting up and taking down, as well [...]

13th Annual Turkey Cup Challenge Makes Great Impact

The thirteenth annual Turkey Cup Challenge was held recently to benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank (WCFB) in cooperation with nine Westmoreland County schools. In total, $34,218.24 was raised. This is a fun and spirited competition among, potentially, all of [...]

Richard Means, August 2018

Pantry coordinator, Richard Means, from Scottdale Area Association of Churches Food Pantry was awarded with the August Volunteer of the Month award. Pam Geyer, one of the dedicated volunteers at the pantry, stated that Richard, "Sure does a lot of work, [...]

Wanda Bazzar, July 2018

Our July Volunteer of the Month is Wanda Bazzar from Tarrs. Wanda has been volunteering at the Mount Pleasant Food Pantry at the Church of God for four years. She is always eager to help with set-up and take-down of the pantry, [...]

John Pokomo, June 2018

John Pokomo of Monessen Salvation Army Food Pantry was recognized as June Volunteer of the Month for going above and beyond the call of duty. He oversees the delivery and receipt of the food, as well as, the distribution and storage [...]

Larry Zieler, May 2018

Larry Zieler of St. George Food Pantry in New Kensington was presented the May Volunteer of the Month award. Larry has been volunteering for 18 years. He arrives early to open the garage and the church hall. He assists with set-up [...]

Leonard Jendrey, March 2018

Leonard Jendrey of Lower Burrell is better known as “DA CHICKEN MAN”!  Lenny has been a volunteer for over five years.  During his time as a volunteer at St. Margaret Mary Pantry, he has contributed in many ways, but his [...]

Leonard Jendrey, March 2018

Leonard Jendrey of Lower Burrell is better known as “DA CHICKEN MAN”!  Lenny has been a volunteer for over five years.  During his time as a volunteer at St. Margaret Mary Pantry, he has contributed in many ways, but his [...]

Laurie Hoffer , November 2017

Laurie Hoffer of West Leechburg, was recognized as November Volunteer of the Month during the recent CSFP Senior Food Box packing.  Laurie has been helping to pack senior boxes and stuffing envelopes for the past 4 years.  United Health Group [...]

Laurie Hoffer , November 2017

Laurie Hoffer of West Leechburg, was recognized as November Volunteer of the Month during the recent CSFP Senior Food Box packing.  Laurie has been helping to pack senior boxes and stuffing envelopes for the past 4 years.  United Health Group [...]

Lorraine Baker, November 2017

Lorraine Baker Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)/Senior Food Box Hempfield Towers Lorraine resides at Hempfield Towers and took on the role as coordinator for the CSFP “Senior Box Program” in September of 2011. Once a year Lorraine is responsible for [...]

Lorraine Baker, November 2017

Lorraine Baker Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)/Senior Food Box Hempfield Towers Lorraine resides at Hempfield Towers and took on the role as coordinator for the CSFP “Senior Box Program” in September of 2011. Once a year Lorraine is responsible for [...]

Jerome Eidemiller

Jerome Eidemiller Warehouse Volunteer For more than a decade, Jerome Eidemiller has been volunteering at the Westmoreland County Food Bank. He and his wife of 65 years live in New Alexandria and have six children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. [...]

Jerome Eidemiller

Jerome Eidemiller Warehouse Volunteer For more than a decade, Jerome Eidemiller has been volunteering at the Westmoreland County Food Bank. He and his wife of 65 years live in New Alexandria and have six children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. [...]

Westmoreland County Community Raises over $47,000 for the Westmoreland County Food Bank as Part of Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign

With the support of the Westmoreland County community, the national campaign generated more than $19.8 million for Feeding America and its national network of food banks Walmart announced that Westmoreland County residents generated a total of $47,457.09 for the Westmoreland [...]

Westmoreland County Community Raises over $47,000 for the Westmoreland County Food Bank as Part of Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign

With the support of the Westmoreland County community, the national campaign generated more than $19.8 million for Feeding America and its national network of food banks Walmart announced that Westmoreland County residents generated a total of $47,457.09 for the Westmoreland [...]

Pittsburgh Steelers Sack Hunger This Summer

On Friday, July 28, the Westmoreland County Food Bank will team up with the Pittsburgh Steelers to tackle hunger when the team kicks off training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The Westmoreland County Food Bank will be [...]

John Green, May 2017

John Green a student of Spectrum Charter School was recognized for his dedication and willingness to help other classmates, when needed during his time volunteering at the food bank.  His teacher, Lori Yurkovich, stated, “John takes the initiative to make [...]

John Green, May 2017

John Green a student of Spectrum Charter School was recognized for his dedication and willingness to help other classmates, when needed during his time volunteering at the food bank.  His teacher, Lori Yurkovich, stated, “John takes the initiative to make [...]

Pat Blahovec

Pat Blahovec Operation Fresh Express, Commodity Supplemental Food Program For 14 years, Pat Blahovec has guided the Penn Trafford Community Action Program (CAP). During this time, she got the students involved in volunteering for the Westmoreland County Food Bank Jeannette [...]

Pat Blahovec

Pat Blahovec Operation Fresh Express, Commodity Supplemental Food Program For 14 years, Pat Blahovec has guided the Penn Trafford Community Action Program (CAP). During this time, she got the students involved in volunteering for the Westmoreland County Food Bank Jeannette [...]

Westmoreland County Food Bank Seeks Restaurant Partners

Westmoreland County Food Bank Seeks Restaurant Partners Sip, Sample & Savor Event to Mark 35 Years of Fighting Hunger This year the Westmoreland County Food Bank marks 35 years of fighting hunger in the community. To recognize this milestone, the Food [...]

Westmoreland County Food Bank Seeks Restaurant Partners

Westmoreland County Food Bank Seeks Restaurant Partners Sip, Sample & Savor Event to Mark 35 Years of Fighting Hunger This year the Westmoreland County Food Bank marks 35 years of fighting hunger in the community. To recognize this milestone, the Food [...]

Alex Faulds, April 2017

Alex Faulds a 12th grade student at Greensburg Salem High School was awarded the food bank’s April Volunteer of the Month.  Alex has volunteered for 4 years at the Delmont warehouse with fellow classmates.  “He is committed to learning new [...]

Alex Faulds, April 2017

Alex Faulds a 12th grade student at Greensburg Salem High School was awarded the food bank’s April Volunteer of the Month.  Alex has volunteered for 4 years at the Delmont warehouse with fellow classmates.  “He is committed to learning new [...]

Community Health Clinic

Community Health Clinic SNAP Application Assistance Program       Community Health Clinic, Inc. in New Kensington is a non-profit 501(c)3 Federally Qualified Health Center. They provide primary care, including medical, dental, behavioral health, and psychiatric services, to all regardless [...]

Harvest For Hunger

West Penn Power Harvest for Hunger Since 2013, the employees at West Penn Power have raised over $41,000 for the Westmoreland County Food Bank through their Harvest for Hunger campaign. For this local fundraising drive, employees at the Cabin Hill [...]

LaRoyal Wilson, March 2017

LaRoyal Wilson of Mount Pleasant was recognized as WCFB’s March Volunteer of the Month for his volunteer efforts at Mount Pleasant Food Pantry.  LaRoyal has been helping for around 7 years with unloading the truck and delivering food to the [...]

A Special Distribution Event

Team Music is Love Operation Fresh Express Distribution On Thursday, February 9, the Westmoreland County Food Bank was thrilled to welcome Martina McBride’s Team Music Is Love charity initiative for a special Operation Fresh Express (OFE) food distribution event at [...]

Fight Hunger in Westmoreland County One Volunteer at a Time

Fighting Hunger in Westmoreland County One Volunteer at a Time Westmoreland County Food Bank Asks Public to Pledge to Volunteer in 2017   The Westmoreland County Food Bank is joining the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks in asking [...]

Debra Bell, October 2016

Debra Bell Girl Scouts of Western PA Troop 20416 Fall Food Share Food Drive With the support of Giant Eagle, Citizens Bank, the Girls Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, and countless community volunteers, the Fall Food Share takes place annually at [...]

Comcast Newsmakers 8/20/16

Kris Douglas, Westmoreland County Food Bank Chief Executive Officer, recently filmed a Comcast Newsmakers segment to discuss Food Bank programs and services, as well as the upcoming Hunger Action Month activities observed by WCFB.

Bryan Sager, July 2016

Bryan Sager Summer Food Service Program Site Supervisor Throughout the last six years, Bryan Sager has gone from assisting the supervisor at the Autumn Brook Summer Food Service Program site by passing out meals and cleaning tables, to now the [...]

Randy Landman, July 2016

Randy Landman of Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry was recognized in July 2016 for the years of leadership in making sure that the senior hi-rise residents in Mount Pleasant receive their monthly food boxes.  He also helps unload the truck and [...]

Deb McDermott, June 2016

Deb McDermott WCFB Recipient  Deb McDermott receives assistance from the Westmoreland County Food Bank, including attending the Operation Fresh Express which delivers fresh produce and close-dated items to food insecure persons in need. How have you been affected by hunger? [...]

Charles Jarrell, May 2016

Charles Jarrell National Association of Letter Carriers Representative McKeesport Post Office Charles “Chuck” Jarrell is a driving force behind the local Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive coordinated by the National Association of Letter Carriers each spring. His personal experience with [...]

George O’Donnell, May 2016

Our 2016 May Volunteer of the Month award was presented to George O’Donnell of Export, who continues to support the food bank by volunteering his time for the last 10 years.  He started volunteering as a student, while at Franklin [...]

Jaclyn Stewart, April 2016

Jaclyn Stewart Customer Service Manager Walmart Jaclyn shares her past experience with food insecurity which is all too familiar to many clients seeking assistance at the Westmoreland County Food Bank. She tells her story of receiving charitable food assistance and [...]

Westmoreland County Families in Need Now Have Access to Fresh Milk Through Westmoreland County Food Bank and Fill a Glass with Hope® Program

WESTMORELAND COUNTY FAMILIES IN NEED NOW HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH MILK THROUGH WESTMORELAND COUNTY FOOD BANK AND FILL A GLASS WITH HOPE® PROGRAM Milk is one of the most requested items at food banks, yet it is rarely donated. As [...]

Reda Hanna, April 2016

WCFB recognized Reda Hanna, of New Kensington as our 2016 April Volunteer of the Month.  Reda is now 84 years old and still volunteering.  Tony Trofnoff, the Volunteer Coordinator, stated, “She was one of the first volunteers when the St. [...]

Dan Carney, March 2016

Dan Carney Executive Director Union Mission, Latrobe The Union Mission in Latrobe operates both an emergency shelter, as well as a permanent supportive housing program for homeless men. The organization is a partner agency of the Westmoreland County Food Bank [...]

The Pittsburgh Foundation PA People Count – Jennifer Miller

Jennifer – Jennifer Miller, the Westmoreland County Food Bank Director of Development discusses the impact that the 2015-16 Pennsylvania State budget impasse is having on the agency as part of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s PA People Count initiative.

Kelsey Dawson, March 2016

Kelsey Dawson of Irwin has volunteered weekly at the food bank for 2 years.  She is a very hard worker and completes any tasks she is given to do without complaint.  She is always excited to volunteer by sorting, repacking [...]

Mary Ann Bauer, February 2016

Mary Ann Bauer Second Grade Teacher Ramsay Elementary School, Mt. Pleasant School District Of the four elementary schools in the Mount Pleasant School District, Ramsay has the greatest percentage of students enrolled in the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Nearly [...]

Ted Baldwin, November 2015

Ted Baldwin of Mount Pleasant Food Pantry was recognized with the November Volunteer of the Month award.  Ted has volunteered for over 5 years and mentors other volunteers as well as, helps with setting up and breaking down the pantry.  [...]

Carol Keenan, October 2015

Carol Keenan has volunteered for over 7 years at our Delmont warehouse, helping with repacking meats and frozen products from Giant Eagle, Aldi’s and Walmart.  She volunteers most Wednesdays, except when she is golfing during the milder weather. She is [...]

Food Banks, United Way, and Volunteers Unite to Fight Hunger

Food banks, United Way and volunteers unite to fight hunger Volunteers needed to package meals for 8,000 food insecure families   On Saturday, October 17, 2015 the United Way of Westmoreland County, in partnership with the Westmoreland County Food Bank [...]

Westmoreland County Food Bank Unveils New & Improved Website

WESTMORELAND COUNTY FOOD BANK UNVEILS NEW & IMPROVED WEBSITE Helping to Feed People and Nourish Lives Became a Little Easier The Westmoreland County Food Bank is proud to announce the unveiling of the new and improved food bank website.  Design [...]

Diana Shoff, September 2015

We congratulate Diana Shoff from New Stanton on receiving the September Volunteer of the Month award. Diana sorts and repacks frozen meats and food items that come to the food bank weekly with her new-found volunteer friends.  For over seven [...]

Hunger Action Month

    WESTMORELAND COUNTY FOOD BANK AND FEEDING AMERICA NETWORK RAISE AWARENESS OF THE ISSUE OF HUNGER THROUGHOUT HUNGER ACTION MONTH Hunger-Relief Organizations Encourage the Public to Join Spoontember this September and Support the 49 Million People Who Struggle with [...]

Grace McAteer, August 2015

Grace McAteer of Delmont was presented with the August Volunteer of the Month award at the Delmont warehouse among her Wednesday morning volunteer peers.  Grace helps mostly with sorting and repacking of frozen meats and food items that are donated [...]

Department of Agriculture Secretary Highlights State Investments to Address Food Insecurity During Visit to Westmoreland County

Underscoring the importance of providing low-income Pennsylvanians with access to nutritious food resources, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today spoke with representatives of the Westmoreland County Food Bank about the value of their work in the community. “Access to food is [...]

Food Bank Commemorates Volunteer Appreciation Month

Volunteers Recognized for their Dedication to Ending Hunger Here at Home Each year, the Westmoreland County Food Bank recognizes its core of over 7,000 volunteers for all of the work that they accomplish in assisting the Food Bank during a [...]

Daniel Cox, July 2015

Daniel Cox of Harrison City was awarded the July Volunteer of the Month award at the Delmont warehouse.  Dan is a sophomore majoring in Finance, this fall, at Penn State’s main campus.  He came to us this summer hoping to [...]

Charles Shiring, June 2015

Charles Shiring of Lower Burrell was awarded June’s Volunteer of the Month award. Charles is a “Jack of all trades,” stated Bill Englert, Pantry Coordinator of St. Joseph Pantry in New Kensington.  He helps with unloading the truck, putting food [...]

Tyler Strohecker, May 2015

Tyler Strohecker a student at Greensburg Salem High School was awarded May’s Volunteer of the Month award.  According to his teacher Sherilyn Dallas Stern, Tyler stands out from the rest of his class while volunteering at our warehouse, because he [...]

Bessie Fritz, March 2015

Bessie Fritz from Mount Pleasant was awarded WCFB’s March Volunteer of the Month award for her “huge heart”. Bessie volunteers monthly at the Mount Pleasant Food Pantry held at Church of God. She makes every feel comfortable at the pantry. [...]

Grant Silvestri, February 2015

Grant Silvestri from Franklin Regional High School was recognized as Westmoreland County Food Bank’s February Volunteer of the Month.  Grant, has a positive attitude and a great sense of humor according to his teacher, Judy Polczynski.  He was nominated for [...]

Leola Wadsworth, January 2015

Leola Wadsworth from Ruffs Dale was recognized as WCFB’s January 2015 Volunteer of the Month for her work at Mount Lebanon United Methodist Food Pantry in Tarrs.  Bobbie Bell, Pantry coordinator nominated her for being a good worker, helping to [...]

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