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Bentley Systems “Meet the Need” Gift Challenge Raises Over $400,000 for Chester County Food Bank

Bentley Systems challenged local businesses, groups, individuals, and organizations to step up and join the effort to help those in Chester County struggling with food insecurity by pledging $200,000 to match donations starting October 24, 2022, to the “Meet the Need” Matching Gift Challenge. The challenge was met at the end of November, resulting in a total of $400,152 generated to support providing nutritious food to those in need – especially at a time when the demand has increased by more than 30%, yet food and financial donations have decreased by more than 25 percent.

“Food purchases to support our Thanksgiving distributions were over $400,000, a 38% increase over last year. In addition, due to supply chain issues, our turkey order was unable to be fulfilled, and we had to modify our procurement strategy and purchase chickens,” said Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank. “The Bentley Systems community match challenge will help to cover these costs. Our impact has never been greater, and it is the direct result of the generosity of donors like Bentley Systems,” continued Youndt. “On behalf of the Chester County Food Bank and all those we serve, thank you. We are rooted in our commitment, and together we will face the challenges and rise strong.”

The grant matched dollar-for-dollar over 450 contributions from a myriad of funders – from individual donors to a pottery collective and Giving Tuesday donors to fellow corporate partners such as QVC which was the first corporate donation to rise to the challenge with a $50,000 donation. Additional corporate partners contributing to “Meet the Need” include:

ACA Paper Restoration
Agile Motion Fitness
Ahmad Zaffarese LLC
Barley Snyder
Bewley Irish Imports
Carroll Engineering Corporation
Citadel Credit Union
Delphi Wealth Management Group, LLC
Gbuild Construction Managers
High Point Finacial / Bryan Benner
Let’s Bake the World a Better Place
Lionfield Technology Solutions, Ltd.
Life Diagnostics
Pennsylvania American Water
Presence Bank
Root Mass Farm
Rothwell Document Solutions
John Serock Catering
uFinancial Group / Ed Dracup
Veritiv Corporation
Wealth Enhancement Group / Pete Hoover, CFP®

“Chester County Food Bank’s commitment to fighting hunger is more relevant than ever during these challenging times for our community,” Dan Koval, Corporate Initiatives Manager. “It is inspiring to see how the community answered the call to action set forth by Bentley Systems. Together – we made a powerful impact for CCFB and our community this holiday season.”

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