AgChoice Donates $50K to Feeding PA and Designated Food Banks
This Thanksgiving, AgChoice Farm Credit will donate $50K to Feeding Pennsylvania to make more meals possible in communities this holiday season. The donation will be distributed amongst six of Feeding PA’s member food banks located in communities served by AgChoice Farm Credit and will be tailored toward Pennsylvania agricultural products. The financial cooperative serves farmers and people that live in rural communities across 52 counties in Pennsylvania.
“Our Shared Purpose: Inspiring Growth in Our Families, Businesses and Rural Communities continues to guide AgChoice Farm Credit, especially during these challenging times,” explains Darrell Curtis, AgChoice President and CEO. “We’re pleased to support Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks as they lend a hand to our neighbors in need with products from Pennsylvania farmers.”
According to a series of data analysis reports by Feeding America, Pennsylvania’s food insecurity rate is projected to increase to 15.9%, or more than 2 million Pennsylvanians as a result of temporary unemployment due to COVID-19. As many Pennsylvanians turn to the food pantries for the first time this holiday season, donations are needed now more than ever.
“This donation will help Feeding Pennsylvania and our member food banks serve those in need throughout our community, during the Thanksgiving season and throughout year,” said Jane Clements-Smith, Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania. “It allows us to ensure everyone we serve has the opportunity to partake in holiday traditions while also benefitting our local agricultural community. We are especially thankful for this donation this year due to these incredibly unprecedented times.”
Rebecca Page, Executive Director Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, echoed this sentiment from the food bank perspective. "We are extremely grateful to AgChoice Farm Credit for selecting Feeding PA for this incredible gift to help feed families across our great state,” said executive director, Rebecca Page. “Locally, this donation will enable the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County to provide 2,802 meals to families in the county who need it most this holiday season,” added Page.
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