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 accepting donations at their tent from noon until 6:00 p.m. and every person that contributes, will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed Cameron Heyward football. The public is encouraged to support the Food Bank by donating non-perishable food items, including such staples as peanut butter, cereal, tuna, and boxed meals like macaroni and cheese.
For nearly a decade, the Pittsburgh Steelers have graciously invited the Food Bank to participate in the team’s preseason activities to aid food insecure households throughout Westmoreland County. “We thank the Pittsburgh Steelers for their work in the fight against hunger and for allowing the Westmoreland County Food Bank to be part of this longstanding tradition. Our valued partnership enables us to serve our hungry neighbors in need. This food drive is particularly important as we continue to experience cuts to traditional funding sources and the steady demand for charitable food assistance programs.”
About Westmoreland County Food Bank
The Westmoreland County Food Bank (WCFB) serves over 31,000 area residents each year including 9,300 children and 3,410 seniors. WCFB currently has 60 member agencies in their network of emergency feeding sites. Of those, 43 are food pantries in which low-income persons are able to access emergency food assistance throughout the month. Last year (2016), the Food Bank distributed nearly 7.3 million pounds of food.
50% of WCFB’s food comes from the federal and state governments and the remaining 50% from local donations, food drives, and Feeding America. Administrative and fundraising costs account for 5% of the Food Bank’s operating budget.