America250PA Rallied Volunteers to Help the CEO/Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank
July 20 marks Pennsylvania Day, and to celebrate, America250PA launched a statewide volunteer day at food banks across the commonwealth. The CEO/Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank in Jenkins Township was one of the participating locations.
A team of local volunteers packed hundreds of boxes with food for senior citizens in need. The day was fast-paced and energetic as they worked assembly-line-style, filling boxes with cereal, juice, canned goods and more.
“Our initiative is ‘Pennsylvanians helping Pennsylvanians,’ so that’s really what we want to see today,” said Jaclyn Victor, Engagement and Partnership Director at America250PA. “We’ve been seeing that for the last year and a half with COVID—a lot of people stepping up and helping people, especially with food insecurity.”
America250PA is a group that is planning for the 250th birthday of the United States in 2026. The volunteer event was just one of their programs leading up to the big celebration.
“With America250PA, one of our main goals is to engage Pennsylvanians from all 67 counties. The efforts that are happening today are a reflection of that with all of these different volunteer efforts taking place in various counties,” said Victor. “We want to make sure that in the future, this grows into a larger effort as we near 2026.”
Volunteers not only showed their Pennsylvania pride, but also made a difference in the NEPA community.
“It’s amazing to see everyone take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer here. That’s been really amazing to see the support and the generosity of Northeastern PA,” said Victor.