witf listeners and supporters stepped up to the plate on Thursday, November 8 when asked to make a pledge to combat hunger in Central Pa. As they have done for the past two years, Wegmans agreed to donate one pound of food to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for every dollar pledged to witf. Last year the Food Bank received 10 tons of food and an additional $5,000 thanks to generous gifts made by witf radio donors. This year, witf set a goal to raise $20,000 and that goal was met and surpassed in under three hours.
Every year more than 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. More than 17 million children experience food insecurity, which leads to difficulty focusing at school and many other social challenges. The partnership between Wegmans, witf, and the Central Pa Food Bank has provided approximately 270,000 meals in the past two years alone.
To further combat hunger in our region, witf staff members offered to assemble food baskets for the Salvation Army to ensure that local families were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this holiday. The baskets included all of the necessary items needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, from stuffing and cranberry sauce to ingredients for holiday pies. witf employees donated the items and volunteered to assemble the baskets, load them onto the truck and deliver them to the local Salvation Army. Additionally, from November 15 through January 4, witf will compete to raise money through the Christmas Red Kettle Campaign to benefit The Salvation Army Harrisburg.
“We are honored to participate in activities that allow us to give back to our community and to make a difference for our neighbors this holiday season,” said Kathleen Pavelko, witf’s President and CEO. “As a non-profit ourselves, we are committed to supporting our mission of making our community a better place.”
Watch the food being delivered to Central Pa. Food Bank below.
witf's Craig Layne, witf's Mark Duncan, Central Pa. Food Bank's Executive Director Joe Arthur, witf's Kerry Wevodau, and witf's Fred Vigeant visit Central Pa. Food Bank to drop off the food.
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