First Commonwealth and International Credit Union Week 2018 are all about helping people thrive – and that doesn’t stop with just credit union members. We also wish to do our part to create vibrant, thriving communities. Please help us in this goal by contributing to our Eighth Annual Food Drive!
First Commonwealth will be collecting food and monetary donations to help local families who are food insecure during the month of October. The donations will be given to the Greater Berks Food Bank and the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley & Northeastern Pennsylvania to distribute. These organizations play a vital role in feeding hungry families in their respective areas.
The need in our area may surprise you. Consider these statistics:
- There are nearly 170,000 food insecure people living in the Lehigh Valley. Food insecurity is defined as being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
- Last year, SHFB and GBFB distributed more than 14 million pounds of food through their member agencies, which serve more than 74,000 people.
- More than half of the people served are children or senior citizens.
- Monetary donations stretch the farthest to help the greatest number of hungry people. For every one dollar ($1) received, the food banks can distribute nine pounds of food, which is equal to seven meals.
We appreciate your participation in this event, and we thank you for supporting our mission to help people THRIVE!
What Should I Donate?
Below are some suggestions of items most needed by the food banks.
- Cereal/Breakfast Items
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Canned & Dry Pasta
- Rice, Quinoa and Other Healthy Grains
- Canned Meats, Fruits & Vegetables
- Canned & Dry Stews
- Salt, Sugar & Spices
- Laundry Detergent
- Personal Care Items (feminine products, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
Monetary donations can be made in person at any First Commonwealth financial center. Checks should be made payable to either Greater Berks Food Bank or Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley. Cash or transfer donations can also be accepted.
While all donations are appreciated, some things cannot be accepted:
- Perishable items
- Food in open containers
- Items beyond safe consumption dates (expired)
- Home canned or home processed foods
Where Can I Donate?
All First Commonwealth locations will have collection boxes. You may drop them off at your convenience. In addition to the centers, some of our select employer groups are also collecting for the food drive.
You may stop in to any of these locations to drop off your items:
- Center for Vision Loss (Lehigh Valley Office)
We would also like to thank the following for their participation (these groups are not taking public donations):
Thank you to our members and participating employer groups in helping to make this year's food drive a success.