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Bakery employees help needy families

Kellogg Company and their Muncy bakery employees, in partnership with the Lycoming County United Way, participated in a Pack and Share event, which was held at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank located at 3301 Wahoo Drive, Williamsport, in late October.

Because of the generosity of corporate partners like Kellogg’s and their Muncy Bakery employees, the Lycoming County United Way was able to partner with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to provide 1,500 meals to families in Lycoming and Tioga counties supported by Sojourner Truth Ministries Inc., Family Promise of Lycoming County, River Valley Regional YMCA, American Rescue Workers and the Wellsboro Food Pantry to help eliminate food insecurity in Lycoming and Tioga counties, according to a news release.

Over 80 volunteers helped pack and prepare the meals from recipes created by the Food Bank team. The group was joined by board members and clients from all participating organizations, as well as volunteers from Christian Church at Cogan Station, Fabulous Food Packers, staff from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and numerous Kellogg employees and families.

“Without robust giving on the part of Kellogg Company and their Muncy Bakery employees over decades, the Lycoming County United Way could not support the programs we do,” said Ron Frick, president of the local United Way, according to the news release. “Kellogg Company also provides a corporate gift each year and asks us to help them in our communities to make a difference, not only in the community in general, but to make an impact on hunger specifically. We are grateful for our partnership with Kellogg and community partners, like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank who are making a difference in the lives of those who need us most. When I spoke to Joe Arthur, Executive Director at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, several months ago after volunteering at their Harrisburg Healthy Food Hub for a similar packing event, we both thought this was a great collaborative idea.”

Brittany Fischer, vice president of community impact for the United Way has been working with Melyssa McHale, resource development manager, and Travis Berg, general manager of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Williamsport location, as well as leadership at each of our partners to organize the event and recruit volunteers.

“We are always excited when community organizations join us in our mission of fighting hunger, improving lives and strengthening communities,” said Berg, according to the news release. “Last year we provided over 45 million meals through partnerships with more than 1,000 partner agencies and programs. In Lycoming County, more than 14,000 individuals, including children, are food insecure. We are thankful to both the Lycoming County United Way and Kellogg Company for their committed partnership in helping to end hunger in our neighborhood.”

Lycoming County United Way is a charitable non-profit organization that builds partnerships to solve community problems and raises funds for human service programs.

“We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community,” The United Way said in the news release. “Working with community partners, we mobilize resources to improve the lives of people in Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties. This is done by assessing the needs of each community, raising funds, investing in programs, and measuring results.”

For more information, visit http://lcuw.org/, or connect with the organization on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 1,000 local agencies and partner programs, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves more than 135,000 neighbors in need every month. For more information on the Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit centralpafoodbank.org or call 570-321-8023.

According to the news release, Kellogg Company strives to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. The company’s brands include Pringles, Cheez-It, Special K, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Eggo and more. Net sales in 2018 were approximately $13.5 billion, comprised principally of snacks and convenience foods like cereal and frozen foods.

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