Bringing More to the Table - Greater Berks Food Bank Capital Campaign
Mar 01, 2016 06:29AM
The Greater Berks Food Bank (GBFB) has launched its capital campaign, Bringing More to the Table, and is reaching out to the community for support to make a pledge or gift. The campaign is helping to cover the purchase and renovation costs of the new facility, which the GBFB moved into during the fall of 2014. Donations in any dollar amount are greatly appreciated to help get fresh and healthy foods to the hungry.
The new facility increased the GBFB’s distributions of fresh and healthy foods—like fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat—by 25 percent. More than 3 million pounds of these foods (nearly half of the food supplied) were distributed in the past year, made possible because of the larger building capacity that tripled the freezer space, doubled the refrigerated space and added a new produce-specific cooler.
Thus far, $2.4 million has been raised toward the goal of $3 million. Reaching the goal would offset the GBFB’s monthly mortgage payment, which reduces funding that could be allocated for programs and services. Currently, the GBFB provides food for 41,500 people on a monthly basis in both Berks and Schuylkill counties.
Location: 117 Morgan Dr., Reading. Visit BerksFoodBank.org to submit an online contribution by clicking the “Donate” button on the Capital Campaign page. Donations can also be made at CrowdRise.com/GetFreshHealthyFoods. Checks can be mailed to Greater Berks Food Bank, 117 Morgan Dr., Reading, PA 19608.