PHEAA Employees Hit $25K Milestone in Supporting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) announced today that their employees have given $25,000 in donations to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to aid their neighbors in need since the pandemic began.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization committed to fighting hunger, improving lives, and strengthening communities. They serve 27 counties across Central Pennsylvania, working with more than 1,100 local agencies and programs to serve more than 202,500 people in need each month.

“Food insecurity continues to be a challenge in many communities, with one in 11 people in
Central Pennsylvania facing food insecurity daily, including one in 10 children,” explained Senator Wayne Fontana, PHEAA Board Chairman. “Too many don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Faced with the need to find food, they don’t often have the option to select healthy, nutritious food. By supporting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, we are helping to provide nourishing food to our neighbors in need.”

Virtual food drives provide the opportunity for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to purchase food in bulk quantities at less-than-wholesale prices, including fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and proteins. One dollar can help provide four nutritious meals through a virtual food drive. Through the generosity of PHEAA employees, more than 100,000 meals have been shared with those in need.

“The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is incredibly thankful to the leadership and team members at PHEAA; their generosity and engagement are truly helping us meet the historically high demand for food assistance in our region,” said Joe Arthur, CEO of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

“The stark reality right now is that we need more help and more financial support than ever
before, even compared to the peak of the pandemic. We are truly dealing with another hunger crisis,” he added.

In addition to providing financial support via their virtual food drive, over the years PHEAA
employees have also given of their time by volunteering at the Food Bank’s Fulfillment Center, and of their energy by hosting in-person canned goods drives.

It is the goal of PHEAA employees to exhibit and exemplify four core values, one of which is
Citizenship. PHEAA is built upon a foundation of a strong service mentality and desire to help others. They strive to be good citizens of PHEAA and the communities in which they live and work.

“I’ve always been a strong supporter of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and their meaningful work throughout Central Pennsylvania,” said James Steeley, PHEAA President & CEO. “I’m proud that PHEAA has been able to continue to support the Food Bank since the onset of the pandemic and I’m proud of our employees for their generosity and civic mindedness. We will continue to work to help others in need.”