Fayette, Westmoreland communities challenged to help hungry
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013, 10:45 a.m.
For the past several years, philanthropist Alan Feinstein has donated $1 million of his money to be distributed to organizations across the country that help the hungry.
Known as the Feinstein Challenge, participating agencies and organizations can get donations — made March 1 through April 30 — matched or at least supplemented by funding offered in the challenge.
Both the Westmoreland County Food Bank and Fayette County Community Action Agency Inc., which operates the Fayette County Food Bank, will take the challenge and hope people in the community will help.
“We have been participating for 10 years, since 2003,” Westmoreland County Food Bank development director Jennifer Miller said. “We received $585 from the Feinstein Challenge last year, and the most we received was in 2011 at $839.”
The Fayette organization has participated for several years, taking advantage of the offered funds.
“Fayette County Community Action Agency has participated in the Feinstein Challenge for the past 10 years and has received various amounts through the challenge,” food bank project manager Jamie Brink said. “The money received from the Feinstein Foundation benefits the FCCAA Food Bank and those served through our network of 49 pantries.”
The springtime months are traditionally slow for contributors to food banks, which generally enjoy an increase in donations at Thanksgiving and Christmas when people are more inclined to remember those in need. But the need for many in our area is constant, the women said.
“We continue to see a rise in the amount of people seeking assistance,” Miller said. “Those we are seeing new are the working poor and those who are now finding themselves as single heads of households. The public can help by making monetary donations to the food bank.”
Even the smallest donation can go a long way, Miller said.
“For every $1 donated, we can purchase $5 worth of food. We are seeing over 7,000 families, which is about 15,000 individuals, and we have over 20,000 more that are qualified for our services but are not receiving them,” she said.
The need stretches through the entire area as well.
The Fayette County Food Bank is the county's designated warehouse for collection and storage of food for the needy, Brink said.
“Last year, more than 1.8 million pounds of food were collected and distributed to over 10,000 individuals,” Brink said. “Distribution takes place through a network of 49 volunteer food pantries and congregate feeding sites.”
The Feinstein Challenge is a great opportunity for the organizations to stretch their donations even further as they continue to battle hunger.
“I believe that each of us was put here on Earth to help those in need,” Feinstein said.
Anyone interested in contributing to the Feinstein Challenge can call the Westmoreland County Food Bank at 724-468-8660 or visit www.westmorelandfoodbank.org. Those who would like to contribute to the Fayette organization can call 724-437-6050 or visit www.fccaa.org.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Uniontown man acquitted of rape charge
- 2013 was a challenging year for Highlands Hospital
- City seeks to join regional enterprise zone
- Clinton Church of God to hold fish fries
- Connellsville FRIENDS hosting book sale Saturday
- Rural King Supply confirms store opening in Dunbar Township
- Perry Township over projected winter budget
- New name, new energy for Connellsville fitness studio
- Connellsville Ministerial Association kicks off Lenten luncheons
- Connellsville to consider joining Mid-Mon Valley Regional Enterprise Zone
- Fay-Penn executive director resigns