WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Eyewitness News visited the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank for the kickoff our our summer “Feeding NEPA” campaign.

“Feeding NEPA is going to be a huge opportunity for us to be able to get food to those in need out in this incredible community that we are blessed to be a part of,” said Rich Piccolotti, volunteer.

Eyewitness News is proud to partner with the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank with “Feeding NEPA”.

Weinberg Food Bank Director Gene Brady says that COVID-19 has created more need than ever before.

“Were really busier than ever and need all the help we can get so to speak,” said Brady.

“Feeding NEPA” will focus on helping families and children fighting hunger during the summer months by collecting food and monetary donations at participating food banks in our viewing area.

More families are met with new challenges as the weather gets warmer, and layoffs and furloughs are still in effect for so many.

Wilkes University student Jordan Harrison tells us she is constantly humbled by the growing need for food in our area.

“You don’t realize how many people actually need the food until you’re here and packing the boxes,” said Harrison.

“It really takes so many people to accomplish what we do,” said Gene Brady, Weinberg Food Bank Director.

Join us during these next five weeks of “Feeding NEPA.” Whether you volunteer, give money, or give goods, every little bit counts and is appreciated.

“Feeding NEPA” is a five week campaign that begins July 13 and ends August 16.

All safety precautions and social distancing efforts are maintained for both volunteers and recipients.