Bellefonte, PA (March 2022) -- Penn State Federal Credit Union donated $10,000 to the YMCA of Centre County’s Backpack Program – a service that is needed now more than ever for children and families struggling with food insecurity. The program, which was started in November of 2014 in one school district, now serves eight local school districts. Each week during the school year, backpacks full of food are distributed to more than 1,300 local children.

Aside from oversight and food ordering, the program is run mostly by volunteers who pack the backpacks and deliver them to the schools. Each Friday afternoon during the school year, participating students receive a backpack containing meals and snacks to take home with them for the weekend. On Monday, they return their empty backpack to the school so it can be refilled for the following weekend.

"The Penn State Federal family is pleased to be a part of the Backpack program again this school year. A child fed for the weekend is a success story. Thank you to the YMCA for being there for the kids!" said Cheryl Barr, CEO of Penn State Federal Credit Union.

Mel Curtis, Director of the Y’s Anti-Hunger Programs says, "The Penn State Federal Credit Union’s continued financial support is extremely important to the success and sustainability of the Backpack Program and has made a major impact in many children’s lives. Their passion to help out is greatly appreciated and very sincere because they recognize that no child should ever go hungry!"

No child is turned away from the opportunity to participate in the Backpack Program. Parents may receive more information about enrolling their child/children by contacting their child’s school. The program serves Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Moshannon Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola, Penns Valley, State College and West Branch Area School Districts. You may also visit for more information.


Bellefonte, PA -- Penn State Federal Credit Union is pleased to welcome Lori Belko as the Vice President of Business Lending. In her new position, Lori will be responsible for providing business banking solutions and loans to members and potential members in Centre County and the surrounding area. Lori will also be responsible for managing the credit union’s existing commercial loan portfolio which includes real estate, construction, equipment, vehicle loans, as well as lines of credit.

Lori brings decades of experience in middle market lending and retail bank management to Penn State Federal Credit Union. Most recently, she was Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager for First National Bank. She is a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Association BAI, Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking. She is also a graduate of Leadership Centre County.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Lori believes in serving her community to make it a better place to live, work and do business through volunteering. She has served various charitable and professional organizations throughout her career. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Temporary Housing Foundation and a new appointed board member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Risk Management Association. She has been a longtime volunteer of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Lori resides in State College with her husband, John Showers, and has two adult children, Carly and Gregory.