Citizens Bank Foundation supports the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Mobile Food Pantry
Now in its fourth year, the holiday initiative provided more than 400 Thanksgiving meals for pre-selected individuals and families in Erie, Crawford and Venango Counties
To help hundreds of local individuals and families enjoy the holiday season, the Citizens Bank Foundation donated $10,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA to support its Thanksgiving Mobile Food Pantry. The donation provided Thanksgiving dinner boxes to 415 families in Erie, Crawford and Venango Counties.
“At a time when more and more people are depending on food bank programs to help them, the Thanksgiving holiday season can be particularly difficult for families in need,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
“Citizens is proud to once again team up with Second Harvest for the fourth year in a row to provide traditional Thanksgiving meals to those in need within our community.”
Food vouchers were distributed to pre-selected, needy families through the member agencies of Second Harvest. Citizens Bank colleagues volunteered at three distribution sites to give out the Thanksgiving dinner boxes to individuals and families in need who had a food voucher. Each box contained a turkey and all the fixin’s for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including stuffing, gravy, potatoes and sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, diced fruit and brownie mix.
“In the wake of the recent end to increased funding for the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), the program is vital now more than ever,” said Karen S. Seggi, executive director of Second Harvest of NW PA. “We are so grateful to Citizens Bank for its continued support and commitment to help alleviate hunger throughout northwest Pennsylvania. Because of its generosity, hundreds of families will be able to sit down for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this holiday season.”
Food truck distributions took place at various locations in Oil City, Meadville and Erie.
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