Penn State Federal Credit Union joins forces with the YMCA of Centre County to help feed children

Bellefonte, PA (October 2017) -- Penn State Federal Credit Union donated $5,000 to The Y Feeds Kids Weekend Backpack Food program through the YMCA of Centre County. The program was started during November of 2014 in one school district and has increased to seven local school districts. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, a total of 258,334 meals and 102,607 snacks were provided to over 1,085 children through the Weekend Backpack Food program.

Aside from oversight and food ordering, the program is ran 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 participate in this program. Hunger in a child is something most of us don't think about although it happens more than what we know. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and this program helps nourish children so they can have regular school attendance and an open mind to learn," said Cheryl Barr, the CEO of Penn State Federal Credit Union.

Mel Curtis of the YMCA of Centre County said, "The Penn State Federal Credit Union has been a great Partner for this program. Not only through their financial donations but also through volunteering their time to help pack backpacks. The passion of the staff to help with the Anti-Hunger Program of the YMCA is greatly appreciated and very sincere because they understand that no child should ever be hungry!"

No child is turned away from the Weekend Backpack Food 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 go to www.ymcaocc.org (external website) for more information.

Penn State Federal Credit Union, Schlow Library and the Centre County libraries team up to make a difference

Bellefonte, PA (May 2017) -- Penn State Federal Credit Union has donated $5,000 to support expanded broadband service to the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries, which includes Schlow Library and Centre County Libraries in Bellefonte, Philipsburg, Centre Hall and the Bookmobile. Specifically, this project is important to the libraries because it will provide high-speed Internet access to library users, including at public user stations and free WiFi access in the libraries. In addition, it enables the libraries to further bridge the "digital divide" by making access to computers and wireless access available for free to those who need it.

"Penn State Federal is pleased to donate much-needed funds to the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries.  Throughout my years living in Centre County, the libraries have been a staple to our community.  If you visit the libraries you will see the range of ages taking advantage of the vast resources available.  At times, the libraries have fallen victim to budget cuts and have been forced to reduce hours.  We are hoping this helps alleviate some of the worries to allow our great community to take advantage of all services the libraries have to offer," said Cheryl Barr, the CEO of Penn State Federal Credit Union.

Penn State Federal Credit Union also donated $500 to the Summer Reading Program at Schlow Library. This program engages over 1,800 children during the summer, including toddlers, and more than 500 teens and adults. The Children's program encourages the love of reading and engaged reading throughout the summer. This includes innovative summer programming and exciting prizes that encourage young adults (and adults!) in our community to continue their love of reading!

Molly Hetrick, Manager of Philanthropy, Schlow Centre Region Library said, "We are very grateful for the partnership and support from Penn State Federal Credit Union on these two important projects that will benefit the people of Centre County. Libraries offer so many services, including computer access, education programs, gadget training, 3D printing classes, early literacy programs, and more. It's wonderful to have the support of organizations like Penn State Federal that will enable the libraries to continue to provide these services to the community. We could not do it without support like this."

"We offer our sincere thanks to Penn State Federal Credit Union for continuing to support the people of Centre County by promoting its libraries.  Partnerships like this enable our libraries to grow, offering everything from early childhood STEM programming, to a county-wide Bookmobile serving rural areas, to computer and internet services for people who don't have access at home, to classes for adults addressing everything from family history to how to identify fake news.  Support from Penn State Federal and other organizations allows us to continue to provide services that are as diverse and vibrant as the people living throughout Centre County," said Lisa Erickson, Executive Director, Centre County Library & Historical Museum.