WSFS Bank has launched its annual Fall Food Drive to combat food insecurity across the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware region.
WSFS banking office locations in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will serve as food deposit centers for WSFS associates, customers, and members of the community to donate nonperishable food items through Dec. 31.
According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2022 report, 11.8 percent or 38.3 million individuals lived in a food-insecure household in 2020, an increase from 10.9 percent 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 percent (19.2 percent in 2019) and Latino individuals increasing to 19.3 percent (15.8 percent in 2019).
“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. 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.”
In addition to the annual Fall Food Drive, WSFS will sponsor Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger for the fifth consecutive year to support Philabundance in its mission to drive hunger from local communities. The 25th annual Camp Out for Hunger will take place from Nov. 7-11 at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia.
The 2022 Fall Food Drive is WSFS’ 19th annual collection. In 2021, WSFS donated more than 66,000 pounds of food to six community organizations serving those in need thanks to the generosity of its associates, customers, and communities. Customers and area residents are encouraged to take their nonperishable food donations to WSFS banking offices now through Dec. 31.
To find the nearest location, visit WSFS Bank.