HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Governor Tom Wolf said on Wednesday he will contribute $10,000 each to three of Feeding Pennsylvania’s food banks.
The donation will help The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and Philabundance.
The governor will also give the gift of time by volunteering in Central Pennsylvania this week.
The Wolf Administration has made addressing food insecurity a priority since Governor Wolf signed an executive order in 2015 establishing the Governor’s Food Security Partnership.
The Partnership is a collaborative effort among the state’s Departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services with goals and initiatives to fight hunger, including strengthening the valuable work of organizations such as Feeding Pennsylvania and its food banks.
Feeding Pennsylvania Executive Director Jane Clements-Smith said, “Feeding Pennsylvania thanks Governor Wolf for his ongoing dedication to addressing the issue of hunger across the Commonwealth. As Feeding America food banks, our members are held to the highest standards of getting fresh, nutritious food to those who need it most, and these generous contributions will certainly contribute to that mission.”
Those at the three food banks also expressed their appreciation for Governor Wolf’s efforts.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur said, “We are thankful that Governor Wolf once again has chosen to support our Pennsylvania neighbors struggling with hunger, particularly at this time of great need”.
“Philabundance is grateful to Governor Wolf and his administration for his donation in support of the 750,000 hungry people in our region,” said Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance. “This donation will enable us to help address the hunger crisis in our area which impacts 1 in 5 people this holiday season and year round.”
“On behalf of the individuals and families we serve, we sincerely thank Governor Tom Wolf for his donation. For the one in seven individuals in our area affected by food insecurity, this support means the difference between choosing between utilities and rent or food. With his gift we are able to provide 50,000 meals to our neighbors in need. His support is crucial to meeting the basic human need of all our neighbors—food,” said Lisa Scales, president and CEO, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.