For nearly 20 years WSFS has hosted an annual Food Drive, with the generosity of its Associates, Customers and Communities helping to fight food insecurity across the region.
After raising more than 66,000 pounds of food to donate to six community organizations in 2021, the annual Food Drive has returned for 2022, with WSFS partnering with Sharing Excess and Sunday Breakfast Mission this year to fight hunger.
According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2022 report, 11.8%, or 38.3 million individuals, lived in a food-insecure household in 2020, an increase from 10.9% in 2019.
While the pandemic could have led to a larger increase in food insecurity, diverse communities continued to be disproportionately impacted, with the food insecurity rate in 2020 for Black individuals increasing to 24.0% (19.2% in 2019) and Latino individuals increasing to 19.3% (15.8% in 2019).
Now through December 31, 2022, WSFS banking office locations in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will serve as food deposit centers for WSFS Associates, Customers and members of its Communities to donate nonperishable food items.
“With inflation over the past year reaching 40-year highs, many households have found their wallets stretched even thinner as they’re forced to make cuts to their budgets to keep up with rapidly increasing prices,” said Vernita L. Dorsey, Senior Vice President, Director of Community Strategy at WSFS Bank. “By working with our partners like Sharing Excess and the Sunday Breakfast Mission, we hope to help members of our Communities make ends meet while surpassing the more than 66,000 pounds of food donated in 2021.”
In addition to the annual Food Drive, WSFS is sponsoring Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger for the fifth consecutive year to support Philabundance in their mission to drive hunger from our Communities. The 25th annual Camp Out for Hunger will take place from November 7-11 at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia.
For nearly 200 years, WSFS has remained committed to providing vital support to its Communities, with the annual Food Drive and sponsorship of Camp Out for Hunger serving as just a few examples.
Thanks to the generosity of its Associates, Customers and Communities, WSFS donated more than 66,000 pounds of food to six community organizations serving those in need in 2021, and has set its sights on surpassing that number in 2022.
Customers and area residents are encouraged to take their nonperishable food donations to WSFS banking offices now through December 31, 2022.
“We invite all members of our Communities who have the means to make donations of nonperishable items at our banking offices to help those in need,” said Dorsey.
Click here to find the nearest WSFS Bank location to donate your items.
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