Did we make our goal of donating 300,000 meals through our Tweet2Feed campaign during last year’s holiday season? Oh, yes we did! We blew our goal out of the water by donating 341,780 meals to food banks in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia!! That’s incredible! A HUGE thank you to customers who opened new checking accounts and added services to their new or existing checking accounts. Also, thanks to our Facebook and Twitter followers for re-tweeting Twitter messages, “Liking” our Facebook posts and for sharing Tweet2Feed posts on your own Facebook pages to spread the word! Without your help, we would not have reached our goal!
Here is the list of the food banks that will receive generous meal donations through our Tweet2Feed campaign!
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – 140,130 meals
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes more than 22 million pounds of food and grocery products every year to more than 700 soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in 27 central Pennsylvania counties.
Philabundance – 58,103 meals
Philabundance provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week through both direct services and their network of 500 member agencies throughout 9 counties in southeastern PA and NJ. They serve low income residents at risk of hunger and malnutrition, of which 23% are children and 16% are senior citizens.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeastern PA – 10,253 meals
Each month, their member agencies serve more than 63,000 individuals that are at-risk for hunger. Of those people, more than half are children and senior citizens. For every $1 donated to the Food Bank, Second Harvest is able to distribute nine pounds of food which is equivalent to seven meals. Second Harvest Food Bank provides donations to 6 counties in the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern PA.
Greater Berks Food Bank – 20,507 meals
The Greater Berks Food Bank collects, stores, and distributes food to more than 270 charitable agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after school programs, and senior housing facilities) in Berks, Schuylkill and western Montgomery counties. An average of 23,000 individuals are nourished with food received from a pantry on a monthly basis.
The Weinberg Food Bank – 5,000 meals
The Weinberg Food Bank works to reduce hunger and promote proper nutrition in addition to preventing food waste. The Food Bank serves four counties in Northeast Pennsylvania: Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wyoming. In the last year, the Weinberg Food Bank distributed over 4.8 million pounds of food to more than 160 agencies.
Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch – 17,089 meals
Today, the Food Bank distributes 39 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,500 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs). Through their combined efforts, they help to feed 900,000 low-income people in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties.
Food Bank of South Jersey – 23,925 meals
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) operates on one simple premise: food should not be wasted when hungry people are in our midst. From this truth, it has built an effective food distribution program that annually links over 10 million pounds of food (or 76 million meals) with more than 200 charitable food providers, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters in southern NJ.
Maryland Food Bank – 61,774 meals
The Maryland Food Bank is a clearing house for large amounts of donated product gathered from the food industry and distributed to soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters across the state of Maryland. In 2011 the Maryland Food Bank distributed more than 23 million pounds of food to a statewide network of partners.
Mountaineer Food Bank – 5,000 meals
Mountaineer Food Bank’s mission is to help alleviate hunger in West Virginia. Today, the Food Bank is the state’s largest supplier of food and personal products for people in need of emergency assistance. Through a sophisticated network of feeding programs and donors, Mountaineer Food Bank now serves over 500 programs in 48 counties in West Virginia. Tweet2Feed donations will specifically benefit those in need in Berkeley County, which is a part of Susquehanna’s market territory.
Again, thank you for making this our most successful Tweet2Feed campaign yet and helping to alleviate hunger one meal at a time! Just a reminder, local food banks need your donations of time, food and money all year long. To help find a food bank near you, visit the Food Bank Locator on the Feeding America website.