October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Both cancer and its treatment put a lot of stress on the body. It is estimated that anywhere from 17% to 55% of patients with cancer are affected by food insecurity, which is defined as the lack of continuous access to nutritious foods in the amounts needed for a recovering and healthy life. For food-insecure patients, a diagnosis of cancer poses special challenges. Food-insecure patients lack the flexibility in food purchasing and preparation that can mitigate common cancer-related symptoms like anorexia, parosmia, dysgeusia, nausea, diarrhea, and dysphagia. For this month, follow us for more information on the impacts of food insecurity and breast cancer patients and how we can help. #breastcancerawareness#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth#foodinsecurity... See MoreSee Less
As we close out Hunger Action Month we would like to say THANK YOU to all of our supporters who came through for their hungry neighbors once again. The Holidays are coming fast and your generosity will be put to very good use! Thank you again for what you have done and what you will do in the future! We couldn’t do it without you! #HungerActionMonthFeeding America... See MoreSee Less
Our Hunger Action Month Open House would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors, raffle donors, and entertainment! Please be sure to support these wonderful businesses, organizations, and artists! ... See MoreSee Less
Our Hunger Action Month Open House was a great success! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to learn more about our organization and the actions you can take to help end hunger. We are so happy to have you as partners in our mission!
A special thank you to former Steeler Arthur Moats for sharing with us what it really means to be a part of a team, both on and off the field!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Open House yesterday. We love showing off our warehouse! We had some basket raffle winners who were not present. If your name is here, please feel free to message us to arrange pick-up. We will be calling people after 10AM (it was a late night, we don't want to wake anyone 😉)
Basket #1 - Dinner in & Out - Babe Vansick Basket #2 - Just Your Style - Lynn Svoboda Basket #7 - Bet You'll Have a Good Time - Angela Dippolito Basket #9 - Beachy Keen - Rose Darr Basket #10 - Bug Out Bag - Patty Smith Basket #11 - Feeling Lucky - Babe Vansick Basket #12 - Memorabilia Madness - Karen Dudek Basket #13 - Dine Around Town - Lynn Mance Basket #17 - Pretty Purple Purse N'At - Nancy Premoshis Basket #18 - Post HAM Survival Kit - Karen Galvin Basket #19 - Liquid Luxury - Maria Guzzo Basket #21 - Eat Mor Chikin - Barbara Jean Smith Basket #24 - A Chance to Act Up - Rose Darr Basket #26 - Frigid Fun! - Marcia Kubas Basket #28 - Gia Russa - Marlane Lord
Today, we are highlighting our Mobile Market program! The Mobile Market program is our latest innovation that we are so excited to share. Those most likely to experience food insecurity are minorities, seniors, families that live in isolated rural communities, and residents with disabilities. Lack of transportation also increases food insecurity rates. The Mobile Market will travel to low-income housing, senior high rises, senior centers, college campuses and many other locations where those in need of food can be found. This program will offer produce and other staple items, directly from the truck, similar to a farmer’s market style set up, where neighbors can choose items that they wish to use. Mobile Market is eliminating barriers, providing fresh healthy foods, and delivering an end to hunger in Westmoreland. #westmorelandcounty#HungerActionMonth#TakeAction#mobilemarket#mobilemarketing ... See MoreSee Less
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that helps households purchase food at the grocery store. Those who are eligible receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which works like a debit card to make food purchases. The Westmoreland Food Bank assists individuals applying for this nutrition assistance program. To learn more, please visit westmorelandfoodbank.org. #HungerActionMonth#takeaction... See MoreSee Less
Lets talk about our Military Share Program today! The Military Share Program provides Westmoreland County’s active military and veterans with boxes of nutritious fresh, frozen and non-perishable foods for themselves and their families. By securing grants and additional funding, our team works to support this important program by supplying food to community partners hosting distribution locations throughout the county. To learn more about Military Share, please visit westmorelandfoodbank.org #HungerActionMonth#takeaction#veterans#westmorelandcounty... See MoreSee Less
The Summer Meal Program and Weekend Backpack Program work hand in hand throughout the year to ensure that children have the nutritious meals they need to learn, grow, and thrive. Each June through August, the Summer Meal Program helps ensure that young children continue to have access to nutritious foods outside of the school year. This summer over 500 children were served at community sites. When the school week is over, children are provided with a backpack containing two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks—ensuring they won’t experience hunger during the weekend. The Food Bank’s Backpack program reaches into 15 schools in the county, serving over 550 children. The Backpack program operates solely on grants and community support. To support our Child Hunger programs, visit westmorelandfoodbank.org. #HungerActionMonth#takeaction#westmorelandcounty#westmorelandkids... See MoreSee Less
For today, we are highlighting our PA Senior Box Program. For more than 1,500 Westmoreland County seniors aged 60 and over, this program provides supplemental food boxes designed to meet the specific dietary and nutritional needs of older adults. Each Senior Food Box contains nutritious items such as canned vegetables and fruits, cereal, juice, protein items, peanut butter and cheese. For more information on the Senior Food Box program visit westmorelandfoodbank.org. #HungerActionMonth#takeaction#seniors... See MoreSee Less
Hidden Treasures is a speaker series featuring individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds whose work quietly impacts residents of Westmoreland County Please Join Us! Enjoy a hot breakfast and meet our latest hidden treasure and learn about the Westmoreland County Food Bank from Hidden Treasure Jennifer Miller, CEO, Westmoreland County Food Bank, Inc.
Today, we are taking a closer look at our Fresh Express Program. The Fresh Express Program provides fresh produce and perishable foods to families and individuals each week through sponsored pop-up distribution points throughout Westmoreland County. This drive-thru program operates from March through December. Last year over 540,000 pounds of food was rescued and redirected to this program, serving over 4,500 households. #HungerActionMonth#takeaction#WestmorelandFoodBank#westmorelandcounty... See MoreSee Less
Today we are talking about our Onsite Meal Programs. Community organizations receive food from the Food Bank for their programs that parallel our mission. Whether it is a weekly community meal, a homeless shelter, or an afterschool program, the Westmoreland Food Bank provides nutritious items to ensure that no one goes without a meal. #HungerActionMonth#takeaction... See MoreSee Less
This week for Hunger Action Month, we are highlighting the programs that we offer at the Food Bank. Food Pantries: Our food pantries are at the core of our organization’s mission. We partner with 40 dedicated partner organizations to distribute food in communities across the county. With 40 committed locations, fresh and non-perishable food items are distributed at each site, and neighbors in need can receive assistance. Visit westmorelandfoodbank.org for more information on food pantries in your area. #takeaction#HungerActionMonth#foodpantry... See MoreSee Less