During the month of October, NuWeld Inc, hosted a "Dare to Care" Food Drive among their employees to benefit the Central PA Food Bank.
To raise community awareness, NuWeld employees collected 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items in their campaign to help the Central PA Food Bank in their mission to alleviate hunger.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is the largest non-profit food distribution organization in central Pennsylvania, serving 27 counties.
Shown are NuWeld employees with their donations for the Central PA Food Bank.
The Food Bank collects and distributes food and other donated products to more than 800 partner agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.) that directly serve people struggling with hunger.
In Lycoming County alone, 15,340 people (5,060 of them children) are considered "food insecure," a USDA term used to indicate a "lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods".
Food insecure families must often choose to afford decent food, or instead pay for other basic needs, such as housing and medical care.
"Knowing that hunger is still a problem in our community, and that through the Food Bank we could help directly, we Dared to Care immediately," said Michele March, NuWeld's communications director. "When you find out that for the cost of a couple boxes of cereal or cans of food, you can stop people in your own community from going hungry, who wouldn't want to help?"
People and organizations wishing to contribute to the Central PA Food Bank can contact them at 570-321-8023 or www.centralpafoodbank.org.