Local food bank benefits from Beckwith Institute grant


The Beckwith Institute has announced $400,000 to support local food banks, including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organizations that will benefit from this include:

  • United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania 211 Fund
  • Armstrong County Food Bank
  • Bedford County Food Bank
  • Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul Altoona-Johnstown
  • Greater Washington County Food Bank
  • Westmoreland County Food Bank
  • York County Food Bank
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania
  • Western Maryland Food Bank
  • Food Bank of Western New York

According to the Beckwith Institute, half of the money will be used to address food insecurity and other emergency needs for the most vulnerable people in communities across Pennsylvania, western Maryland and western New York.

“In this unprecedented time, we thought it was important to devote even more of our resources to meeting the urgent needs of patients and staff coping with the impact of COVID-19,” said G. Nicholas Beckwith III, co-founder of the institute and chairman of UPMC’s board of directors. “Care does not begin and end in our hospitals, so we are funding a number of charitable organizations across our communities to ensure that we can compassionately address the full range of physical and emotional needs of the people we serve.”

UPMC staff members who apply for the Frontline Innovation grants by May 11 will receive up to $10,000 each for projects aimed at uplifting staff and providing emotional and physical comfort to patients and communities.

“Our staff has always risen to the challenge, no matter what we face, so we expect that we will fund a wide range of innovative ideas that promote recovery in these stressful and challenging times,” said Tami Minnier, chief innovation officer of UPMC and executive director of the Beckwith Institute.

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