PERKASIE — Penn Community Bank has again partnered with St. Luke’s University Health Network to ensure no Quakertown-area child goes without a nutritious lunch during the summer months.
“As a community-first financial services provider, Penn Community Bank is committed to serving as a catalyst for positive change. We live out our mission by serving as a trusted and essential partner that meets people where they are — including in partnering with St. Luke’s to provide summer meals for the Quakertown community,” said Jeane M. Vidoni, president and CEO of Penn Community Bank. “We are proud to join with other community-focused organizations to ensure food insecure kids in our community have access to healthy meals this summer.”
“Penn Community Bank is a leading sponsor of St. Luke’s Healthy Kids, Bright Futures Summer Meals Program. Their continued investment enables St. Luke’s Quakertown /Upper Bucks Campus to address the health risks and long-term impact food access creates for at-risk children over the summer months,” said St. Luke’s Quakertown /Upper Bucks Campus President Dennis Pfleiger. “We are proud to partner with strong leaders like Penn Community Bank to improve the health and well-being of our community.”
“The program, launched in 2019, was created in response to St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Community Health Needs Assessment which found over 50% of Quakertown Area School District students are eligible for free and reduced meals during the academic school year and may lack sufficient food during the summer months,” a Penn Community release said. “Prior to COVID-19, one in three children were hungry and health experts believe the pandemic will only make matters worse.”
In addition to providing critical funding for the program, Penn Community Bank is donating financial literacy educational materials for children of all ages to promote good financial habits. Each year, the bank gives five percent of its net income to local organizations that focus on issues including financial literacy and food security.
The Quakertown Summer Meals Program is held Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 30 – August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the bus drop-off location for Quakertown Community High School. During the last week of the program, St. Luke’s will be offering the Summer Meals Program at the St. Luke’s Quakertown campus from Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28.