As you may have read on WellSaid previously, Fill a Glass with Hope is a special partnership program formed among Feeding Pennsylvania and member food banks, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, and American Dairy Association North East that raises funds to purchase and provide fresh milk directly from local farms to families in need.
During the beginning of the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show last Friday, Fill a Glass with Hope held a kick-off media event to begin their 5th year.
Cabot is proud to once again sponsor the annual initiative by contributing $3,000 to the cause, which will provide up to 24,000 servings of milk to those experiencing hunger in local communities. The grant was presented at the kick-off event in Harrisburg by Bill desRosiers, external affairs coordinator at Cabot.
The fundraising for the 2019 campaign launched with $136,300 in donations.
Following the event, the PA Dairymen’s Association hosted a milkshake stand with celebrity attendees, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, former NFL player Jason Avant, Miss Pennsylvania Kayla Repasky and Pennsylvania Dairy Princesses as well as business and food bank leaders.
On average, $1 provides eight servings, or one half-gallon, of nutrient-rich fresh milk. Thanks to our generous supporters, the program has distributed more than 10 million servings of fresh milk since inception through the charitable food network of pantries, soup kitchen, shelters, and feeding programs.
Read the full press release from Feeding PA here.
First created by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in 2015, Fill a Glass with Hope officially launched statewide at the 100th PA Farm Show on January 8th, 2016. Since then, the successful program has expanded to the rest of Pennsylvania.
In 2017, Cabot Oil & Gas proudly participated with a gift of $2,500 in order to bring this wonderful program to Susquehanna County through the CEO’s Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank.
The food bank became licensed as a charitable milk sub-dealer by the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board, which allows them to purchase milk from dairies at a reduced price. That reduced price is further subsidized by donations and sponsorships, such as that from Cabot.
Feeding Pennsylvania promotes and aids its member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in their communities and across Pennsylvania.
To donate, please visit http://www.feedingpa.org/support-our-mission/.
Additional photos below via Feeding Pennsylvania’s twitter.