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Radiothon collects over $416,000 for food banks

Donations accepted through Sunday

AVIS – Bear Country Radio, WQBR, 99.9 FM has announced that the 24-hour Radio Cares: Feeding America Emergency Radiothon has collected $416,000 to help food banks that have been stressed to serve the estimated 30 million people left without full time jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Radiothon was broadcast nationwide on independent radio stations, including Bear Country Radio, to support Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S. All funds raised will go directly to Feeding America to support its 200-member network of local food banks across the U.S., including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, with warehouses in Williamsport and Harrisburg.

Feeding America established the COVID-19 Response Fund on March 13. Since then, Feeding America has distributed $112.4 million and over 94 million pounds of food to food banks across the U.S., helping provide nearly 79 million meals to people facing hunger. Feeding America announced earlier this month that an estimated $1.4 billion in additional resources will be needed over the next six months to sustain operations and continue to provide food for people struggling with hunger-a 30% increase to the baseline six-month operating costs of its 200 member food banks nationwide. U.N. experts foresee a second pandemic on track to follow COVID-19 – a global hunger pandemic. Now, more than ever, U.S. food banks need cash donations to continue to meet the needs of the growing number of people struggling to feed themselves and their families.

It’s not to late to help. To donate to help fight hunger in America, please visit www.bear999.com through Sunday, May 3, at midnight. All donations go directly to Feeding America for their distribution to local food banks.

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