The Visionaries of CFWC
Jordan Pallitto is the Vice President of The Hill Group and has been an avid supporter of the Westmoreland County Food Bank. He worked closely with staff and board to make sure our Strategic Plan was in line with the mission of ending hunger in Westmoreland County. Jordan is also part of the Visionaries group. Established in 2010, the Visionaries are a group of young visionary leaders who care about Westmoreland County and are committed to making their community a better place by inspiring their peers and other young professionals, to become philanthropists who are engaged in their communities. Visionaries work to nurture this philanthropic leadership through grantmaking and the development of a permanent endowment. Last year, WCFB was awarded a $6,600 grant for the Backpack Program from the Visionaries. Jordan also served as co-Master of Ceremonies along side fellow Visionary, Michael Quatrini, at our 35th Annviersary Sip, Sample, & Savor Event.
- How have you been affected by hunger?
I’m lucky to not be personally affected by hunger, but I’m continually amazed by the level of hunger and food insecurity in Westmoreland County. There is no excuse in our region and our country for individuals and families to worry about their next meals.
- How has the Westmoreland County Food Bank impacted your life?
Standing amidst a the Food Bank’s shelves, several stories high and football fields long, I was amazed to learn that much of it would completely turnover – land in the hands of people who need it – in just a month of two. That was mind-blowing. The strategy and operations required to manage the inflow and outflow of that much food, much of it with a perishable timetable, is impressive. The people who, day in and day out, work to make that size of an operation happen could probably earn twice the salary at a for-profit company, but the intrinsic value of helping others motivated them. That impacts me.
- What would you tell someone who may be thinking about donating to the Food Bank?
Do it. If you have the means, pick up some extra supplies every time you visit the store. More importantly, donate a few bucks every month to the Food Bank. A few bucks spent by you might only mean a few canned goods, but the Food Bank’s purchasing power means ten-times as much. What costs you one dollar costs them ten cents. Fork over the money (to use a food pun).