WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has been committed to helping those who need assistance to put food on the table. Over the last two years, the food bank received nearly $400,000 from the AllOne Foundation.
"We support organizations that are having a measurable impact on health and welfare of the people Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania," said John Cosgrove, the executive director of the AllOne Foundation.
"Those dollars, almost $400,000, we've actually used that in the crisis to fund our crisis response," said Joe Arthur of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
A belated check presentation between the two organizations was held at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Williamsport Branch. The donated money has been used to feed families in Lycoming, Clinton, Bradford, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties.
"It helped us serve over 10 million meals in that territory and that was a 55 percent increase from the prior year, so you can see the absolute scale of this effort," said Arthur.
Food bank officials say any additional funding will go a long way. The organization says the pandemic has left lasting effects on operational costs.
"One of the factors that we are dealing with right now is inflation—food prices, operational costs, fuel prices. We have almost 30 trucks on the road every day so that is actually a challenge we are dealing with right now," said Arthur.
Officials with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank tell Newswatch 16 that they will be experiencing a large demand for food in the area over the next two years.