In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Emergency Distribution (FED) program was founded in the spring of 2020 to address food insecurity in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. FED sought to help those who struggled with a lack of transportation, financial restraints, physical limitations and mental health. With social distancing protections in place, FED and the Weinberg Food Bank worked with local volunteers to sort, package and distribute food to over 300 residents each month.
The FED program continues today and has flourished with the assistance of local organizations, volunteers, and the generous donations of the community. Heather Clark, Huntzinger’s Chief Human Resource Officer, has been a volunteer with the program from nearly its inception.
“My role within the FED program is typically focused on delivering food to homes. I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. We deliver everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to diapers and formula. Participants have the opportunity to tell us about their needs, so we can do our best to provide wherever possible. Many of my residents look forward to our visits for friendly conversation along with food to help them through. Their gratitude is endless, as is mine, for the opportunity to make their lives just a little bit better,” Clark says.
Huntzinger is honored to donate to the Food Emergency Distribution program of Wyoming County, PA on behalf of its 15th anniversary.