Giving back

Banking and finance 
Lowhill Township, Lehigh County-based New Tripoli Bank gave $25,000 to the East Penn School District Education Foundation and $10,000 to the Parkland School District Education Foundation. The funds will be used to enrich the educational experience of students in each school district, especially in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Tompkins Community Bank, which has Berks County branches, gave a total of $15,000 to Helping Harvest of Berks County, Share Foods Inc. of Philadelphia, Council of Churches of Schuylkill Haven and Olivet’s Boys & Girls Club of Reading during its annual “Banksgiving” holiday donation. The bank donated to food-focused nonprofits to fight food insecurity in its communities.

On Nov. 29, employees of One Financial Services, which has offices in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, and Bethlehem Township, Northampton County, directed a total of $5,080 to 21 different charities of their choice. Depending on how long each employee has been with the company, donations ranged from $100 to $750.

Middlesex Township, Cumberland County-based The Giant Company donated 250 hams to East Allen Township, Northampton County-based Second Harvest Food Bank for the holidays. On Dec. 6, Giant employees also volunteered at Second Harvest, packing hunger relief boxes and organizing and restocking shelves.   

-Compiled by Amy DiNunzio 


Convenience store competitors Sheetz, Wawa, come together over coronavirus

Workers from Sheetz and Wawa deliver food to the Helping Harvest Food Bank in Reading. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –


Sheetz and Wawa, two of Pennsylvania’s major convenience store chains, and often the subject of arguments between their fans as to which is the best, are working together to help area food banks struggling to manage a growing need caused by the pandemic.

Sheetz and Wawa combined donated 1,000 lunches and $4,000 to Helping Harvest Food Bank in Reading and Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. Lunches included a turkey sandwich, cookie, fruit cup, string cheese and bottle of water.

“The coronavirus pandemic has created a dramatic increase in food insecurity across the communities we serve,” said Joe Sheetz, CEO of Sheetz. “With a combined mission of feeding people, our hope is to support those impacted by this pandemic, to provide relief to ensure that food is not added to the list of worries as we fight this pandemic.”

While the pairing may seem unusual, the CEO of Wawa Chris Gheysen said “Now was the time to come together to help our neighbors and communities.”