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 and the Fayette County Community Action Agency Food Bank, will host the United Against Hunger food packing event at Hempfield Park and Athletic Complex, 220 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg.
The event will mobilize 300 local volunteers for two hours to pack enough macaroni and cheese to feed roughly 8,000 food insecure families throughout Westmoreland and Fayette counties.
In recent years, food banks in both counties have eliminated macaroni and cheese from their food pantry boxes because of high costs, despite the product being a favorite of adults, children and families. In addition, the state budget impasse has put an increasing strain on struggling families, including the food insecure. United Against Hunger will help replenish much-needed food supplies.
With just two weeks left, United Against Hunger is still seeking sponsors and volunteers. Sponsorship packages start at $100 and recognition varies based on the amount. Both individuals and groups can volunteer at the event. Pre-registration is required and is available online or by contacting the United Way of Westmoreland County.
United Against Hunger is made possible through the support of Westmoreland County Food Bank, Charley Family Shop ‘N Save, St. Mary’s Church, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hempfield Township Athletic Complex, Jeannette Kiwanis Club, Mackin Engineering Company, Mountain State Medical Specialties and the Rotary Club of Scottdale.
For more information about the event, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit www.unitedway4u.org/against-hunger. Press release and photo opportunities will be available at the event.
About Westmoreland County Food Bank
The Westmoreland County Food Bank serves nearly 45,000 area residents each year including 13,500 children and 4,950 seniors. WCFB currently has 66 member agencies in their network of emergency feeding sites. Of those, 44 are food pantries in which low income consumers are able to access emergency food assistance throughout the month. Last year (2014), the Food Bank distributed over 8.6 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 4% of the Food Bank’s operating budget.