Monthly Archives: November 2021

In time for the holidays, Comcast NBCUniversal delivers $40,000 to CCFB, a part of $400,000 in Donations to Greater Philly Food Banks

Funding for 10 Local Nonprofits Will Support Food Purchasing, Preparation, and Delivery

Comcast NBCUniversal is making $400,000 in contributions to 10 local organizations in its hometown of Philadelphia to support efforts to fight food insecurity during another challenging holiday season. For the second year in a row, the company’s headquarters and regional teams are combining resources as COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on the local community. Food insecurity is particularly acute for the elderly, low-income families, the working poor, those with chronic illnesses, and people experiencing homelessness. In 2020, more than 38 million people in the United States experienced hunger, and half of American families say they fear another hungry holiday season.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve worked with our nonprofit partners and local elected officials to understand and respond to the immediate needs of our community members, especially around our hometown of Philadelphia,” said Bret Perkins, Senior Vice President, External and Government Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal. “This is another way we’re showing up for our city and its residents to provide extra support for the tireless work of our community partners.”

The 10 local organizations receiving $40,000 each from Comcast NBCUniversal include: Coalition Against Hunger, FulFill, MANNA, Philabundance, Share Food Program, The Bucks County Opportunity Council, The Chester County Food Bank, The Food Bank of South Jersey, The Food Bank of Delaware and The Food Trust. The funding will support operational measures, including food purchasing, prepping and packaging, and delivery.

“We are grateful for Comcast’s commitment to their community,” said Andrea Youndt, CEO, Chester County Food Bank. “With rising food costs, it is imperative to have strong corporate partners that support our mission especially during the holiday season.”

“Comcast has long been an advocate of our work, and we are so grateful for both the organizational and personnel support we receive – most recently in the form of this impactful donation at a time when food costs are incredibly high,” said Sue Daugherty, CEO, MANNA. “These funds will go a long way to help those with acute illnesses use nourishment to heal and alleviate cost burdens for both our organization and the clients we serve.”

“We are grateful for Comcast’s growing investment in our work, and we remain so appreciative to have them as a corporate citizen in here Philadelphia,” said Loree D. Jones, CEO, Philabundance. “This type of gift is truly incredible and made even more special as we work to reach our vulnerable neighbors during the holiday season.”

“This is an enormously generous gift, and we really appreciate all of Comcast’s continued support of our work,” said George Matysik, Executive Director, Share Food Program. “We can’t stress how important this type of direct support is, especially as we continue our swift response to urgent and unforeseen food needs of our neighbors.”

This is the second consecutive year Comcast has made a direct donation to local food banks in greater Philadelphia. In addition to these direct funds, the company has worked with its network of partners to address issues caused or exacerbated by the pandemic, resulting in a number of new or expanded programs including PHLConnectED, the launch and installation of more than 100 regional Lift Zones, support of more than 600 diverse local small business owners through Comcast RISE, and eligibility expansion of Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, to federal Pell Grant recipients. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and his wife Aileen also donated $5 million at the start of the pandemic to fund almost half of the total cost to purchase laptop computers for every student in the Philadelphia School District to be able to engage in remote learning.

While the company has primarily focused its pandemic responses on addressing digital equity through Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach 50 million people with the tools, resources, and skills needed to succeed in a digital world, it knows that the digital divide is a complex and multifaceted issue, compounded by the effects of poverty, such as food insecurity. The donation announced today is another way the company is utilizing short- and long-term investments to help address deep, societal barriers that prevent broadband adoption.

Help Feed Our Neighbors in Need

It will take years for families, seniors, and veterans to recover from the significant and lasting impact of the pandemic.

We have risen to the challenges with innovative solutions to fulfill our mission to ensure access to real, healthy food. Moving forward our concern is having the resources to meet the needs once food insecurity is out of the public spotlight.

Your support is vital for us to:

  • Meet the demand for real, healthy food
  • Sustain growth of education & wellness programs
  • Build capacity within our network of 160+ hunger-relief partners
  • Develop long term solutions for addressing the root causes of food insecurity

Now, more than ever, we call on your compassion to invest in our community to help build a food secure Chester County. Give Today!

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Bentley Systems Announces a $150,000 Matching Grant Challenge to Support Chester County Food Bank

Chester County Food Bank announced today a Sustaining Community $150,000 Grant Challenge from Bentley Systems. The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all contributions donated November 1, 2021, through the end of the year, up to $150,000. The grant and Sustaining Community gift challenge will support CCFB’s mission to ensure access to real, healthy food for people in Chester County.

Bentley Systems, with global headquarters in Exton, PA, is the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.

This match grant challenge is a call to action for the Chester County community to support our neighbors – the tens of thousands of families, children, seniors, veterans, and individuals struggling to put food on the table. Once the matching challenge is met, these funds will allow Chester County Food Bank to provide over 140,000 healthy meals to those in need at a time when demand created by the pandemic and the impact of Hurricane Ida has stretched the organization’s resources to the limit.

“Our impact has never been greater, and it is the direct result of the generosity of donors like Bentley Systems,” said Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank. “This generous matching grant will help sustain a high volume and variety of real, healthy food for our network of community partners and accommodate the growth of our education and wellness programs. On behalf of the Chester County Food Bank and all those we serve, thank you. This will have a huge impact in going beyond hunger.”

“Chester County Food Bank’s commitment to fighting hunger is more relevant than ever during these challenging times for our community,” Greg S. Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems said. “Guided by our mission at Bentley, “advancing both the global economy and the environment for improved quality of life,” we want to support Chester County Food Bank’s efforts to ensure access to healthy food and nourish those struggling with food insecurity and continue to lead our community in the fight against hunger. The effects of COVID-19 and economic impacts are creating even stronger pressures on those already living on the margins of being food insecure. It will require all of Chester County to step up and join our support to make sure everyone has access to healthy meals. This matching gift commitment seeks to double the value of every dollar raised through all donations.”

To join the Sustaining Community $150,000 Grant Challenge visit https://chestercountyfoodbank.fenly.org/drive/bentleymatchchallenge21.