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Hunger-Free PA to Stop in Reading during Statewide Road Show for Anti-Hunger Initiative

READING, Berks County (June 26, 2019) --- Hunger-Free Pennsylvania (HFPA), the single largest provider of meals to older Pennsylvanians, is going on a road show to showcase the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). CSFP has been a centerpiece of efforts to improve the health of low-income elderly people by supplementing their diets with nutritious food packages. In Pennsylvania, 36,200 utilize CSFP and more than 3,800 seniors are on the waiting list at any given time. More than 1,600 seniors from Berks and Schuylkill Counties receive CSFP packages of nutritious USDA Foods each month.

HFPA Executive Director Sheila Christopher and HFPA Assistant Director Thomas Dubs will visit the Helping Harvest (formerly Greater Berks Food Bank) at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 26 to inspect the program and ensure compliance as part of its Federal Regulation §247.34 – Management Review. The visit also enables Hunger-Free Pennsylvania leaders to check in with local staff and recipients, share stories, ask questions, and review important guidelines for nutrition education, civil rights compliance, food storage practices, and financial management systems.

“These stops are the best way to support local programs in their fight against hunger and learn more about ways we can help in their community,” said Christopher, who has been an anti-hunger champion for 35 years. “With more 1.7 million Pennsylvanians facing food insecurity, this road trip cuts through the bureaucracy to make this system personal and effective.”

WHERE: Helping Harvest (formerly Greater Berks Food Bank)

117 Morgan Drive, Reading, PA 19068

WHEN: 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 26

WHO: Hunger-Free PA and Helping Harvest

ATTN. EDITORS: Media coverage is invited and welcome.

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