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Vegetables are shown in a cooler at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dec. 3, 2019.
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Vegetables are shown in a cooler at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dec. 3, 2019.
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Every November with the holidays and cold weather looming, WITF is on the air with the central Pennsylvania Food bank for one day to raise money that goes toward feeding families. It is important every year but maybe even more significant in the last few years with the coronavirus pandemic, inflation, and the challenges that they have presented.
According to Feeding America, in Pennsylvania over one million people are facing hunger.
Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and Dennis Curtin, Director of PR for Weis Markets joined us on Thursday’s Smart Talk to discuss the hunger crisis in Central Pennsylvania, its impact and what people can do to help.
Weis Markets is involved in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank campaign. Curtin said, that his company is involved in helping the community in numerous ways; one of them is by participating in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank campaign to fight food insecurity.
“If you do business in a community, we believe it’s important that you give back and that’s what we try to do,” Curtain said.
Arthur said, there are over 300,000 individuals that are food insecure and because of inflation, a substantial number of those individuals are reaching out for help, either for the first time or the first time in a long time.
In addition, Curtain said, there has been increase in SNAP usage since the pandemic, as monthly allotment has increased by 20 to 25% and is lasting longer into the month for individuals and families.
“This campaign each year is really important to us. So now more than ever, we have to buy a lot more of our food supply. Supply chains are still disrupted that means we have to buy more,” Arthur said. “So, these dollars are basically going to buy healthy food and the match from Weis Markets is just going to carry that purchasing power farther for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. So think fresh produce, dairy meats, all those kinds of things now will be more in grasp for us.”
Arthur encouraged those who need help to contact the Central Pennsylvanian Food Bank.
 
 
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