Allentown, PA – Air Products and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley announced today that they are partnering to expand access to healthy, nutritious food with a new initiative called the Air Products Fresh Food Promise. For every new donor to United Way during the 2021-22 annual campaign, Air Products Foundation will make a contribution in support United Way’s food access work to provide fresh, healthy food for local families.
“Air Products and United Way believe that no one should wonder where their next meal is coming from and families should not have to worry about food insecurity,” remarked Air Products director of community relations and philanthropy Laurie Gostley Hackett, who serves as 2021 campaign chair for United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
“With the Air Products Fresh Food Promise, we encourage and invite everyone in our community to step up and make a difference by contributing at any level. Food insecurity is a major challenge facing our community, and when we invest in United Way, all of us become part of the solution,” added Hackett.
Air Products Fresh Food Promise is a direct response to increased demand for emergency food programs. At the height of the pandemic, United Way-supported food pantries served 50% more people, and statewide surveys reveal that providing food for their families remains a top priority for Pennsylvania families living paycheck to paycheck.
“At United Way, we envision a community where every person belongs and every person thrives. That is only possible when everyone’s basic human needs, such as food, are met. Achieving that goal takes a UNITED approach, and we applaud Air Products’ innovative leadership in this space,” said David Lewis, President, UWGLV.
United Way’s annual campaign runs through March 31, 2022.