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Westmoreland County Food Bank receives award

| Monday, Dec. 21, 2009

Six food banks throughout the country were awarded a truckload of food from Kraft Foods. Advocacy was the key component in the National Hunger Action Month activity held in September. Feeding America asked member food banks from all over the country to participate in an advocacy event like none other.

Throughout the month of September, Feeding America and its affiliate food banks throughout the country mobilized supporters and recruited new advocates to get involved and make their voice heard. Advocates could then earn "minutes" by taking action on Feeding America's Hunger Action Center web site. Those actions/minutes were then credited to the local food bank. Kraft offered to send a truckload of food to the top two food banks in each category (small, medium and large size distribution food banks) that earned the most minutes or actions. The results helped the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

Three main actions could have been taken: "Raise Your Voice" (send a letter or call your members of Congress); "Spread the Word" (tell a friend, blog, or Tweet about Feeding America, etc.); "Do More" (become a Hunger Champion, find out what else you can do).

The Westmoreland County Food Bank earned second place in the small food bank category with 37,755 minutes/actions. Moreover, although classified as a small food bank, it received the second highest number of minutes/actions in the entire country (following the first place winner in the small category).

"We were so excited to hear that we won," stated WCFB CEO Marlene Kozak. "We can not thank the community enough for their support on this project; if it wasn't for them and their efforts, we would not have been able to provide this food to those who need it the most."

For more information about the Westmoreland County Food Bank and how you can help, visit here or call 724-468-8660.

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