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The Food Bank is asking the public to HAM it up!

September is Hunger Action Month (HAM), a time when the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank asks the public to act on the issue of hunger in our local communities.

Unemployment is at a record high. The cost of food is rising. Because of COVID-19 thousands of families are facing food insecurity, many for the very first time.

“Now is the time to take action,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, our team has distributed more than 150,000 Crisis Response Boxes and millions of pounds of fresh produce, milk, eggs, frozen meats and more to our charitable food network, enough to provide over 23 million meals during this time. We know that the demand will continue to increase as there continues to be a huge economic impact from the crisis. By working together, we can provide the healthiest foods available to those in need in our communities.”

Ham and pea pasta Alfredo

1 package (16 ounces) fettuccine

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 pounds sliced fully cooked ham, cut into strips (about 5 cups)

2 cups fresh sugar snap peas

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add ham and peas; cook and stir 5 minutes. Stir in cream, cheese and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1-2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened and peas are crisp-tender.

Drain fettuccine; add to skillet and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, volunteering, or making a donation you can find the action that’s right for you to make a difference during this month and beyond. We are truly better together.

To learn more how you can take action in the fight to end hunger, visit www.centralpafoodbank.org/ham.

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