Gnagey Gas & Oil Company, JG Convenience Store & Arby’s Donates to Food Bank to Help Residents Under a New Program
Two Uniontown companies Gnagey Gas & Oil Company and JG Convenience Store & Arby’s are donating $30,000 to the Fayette County Community Action Agency Food Bank, under a new program which is being offered to the agency to help deal with the emergency food needs of Fayette County.
The local companies of Gnagey Gas & Oil, and JG Convenience Store and Arby’s are donating the funds to the Fayette County Community Action Agency Food Bank as a part of the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit program.
According to Jim Gnagey of Gnagey Gas & Oil and JG Convenience Store & Arby’s, the companies wanted to help local residents during this time. “We were aware a lot of our customers and families in our area are struggling. As local companies that have served this community for over 75 years, we want to help the residents of Fayette County. The Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit program allowed us to make a larger donation, which will help more people.”
Fayette County Community Action Agency (FCCAA) was awarded additional Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credits by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to help raise resources for local residents whose lives have been impacted by COVID-19.
Business firms that pay State Corporate taxes including Personal Income Tax, Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock-Foreign Franchise Tax, Bank Shares Tax, Title Insurance and Trust Shares Tax, Insurance Premium Tax and Mutual Thrift Institution Tax are eligible contributors of the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credits program.
A company that contributes to the program will receive a State tax credit equal to 55% of the donation and continue to receive any federal deduction for which they are eligible. The company can recover over half of the value of their donation through the tax credit. Community Action has credits to raise $375,000 before June 30th for help during this crisis period.
James Stark, Chief Executive Officer of FCCAA says, “The Neighborhood Assistance program encourages businesses to partner with nonprofit agencies to address critical community problems such as meeting the food assistance needs of the community. Both cash and food donations, qualify for the program. These resources will help to expand the resources available to Food Bank to provide emergency food during this period. We are thankful to both Gnagey Gas & Oil Company and JG Convenience Store and Arby’s for stepping forward with a major donation to help us kick off this program.”
“This donation is a tremendous contribution to our Food Bank as our committed team of staff and volunteers work to meet the food needs of local residents,” says Stark.
According to Kim Hawk, Director of Operations for FCCAA, “The Food Bank is seeing twice as many households we typically see in a month. As a result, we are holding food distributions every week around the county, and numbers continue to grow.”
In the last 6 weeks, the Food Bank has distributed over 5000 boxes of food at food distribution sites throughout Fayette County.
David Bork, FCCAA Food Bank Project Manager commented, “We appreciate the donation from both Gnagey Gas & Oil Company and JG Convenience Store & Arby’s, which will help us meet the food needs of families during these times.”
Stark says the challenge for the agency is to raise the Neighborhood Assistance Program funds before June 30th. “At this point, we are required to submit commitment letters from companies planning to donate.” Says Stark.
FCCAA will continue to be open during this time, however some of our services and events have been modified, canceled, or postponed. Operation of services may change due to the impact of COVID-19, and below is a list to keep our community updated. Services may also contact clients individually to let them know service schedules and procedures. If you have questions regarding a program, please call our main line at 724-437-6050 and follow the prompt. You can also search our program directory here: https://bit.ly/2QHPIpF
Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Brownsville and Masontown WIC Offices are temporarily closed. Clients are instructed to come to the Uniontown WIC Office at their regularly scheduled appointment to receive their benefits curbside. Clients will receive a phone call prior to their scheduled appointment.
Uniontown and Connellsville WIC Offices are open. The appointment will be conducted over the phone and food benefits will be issued curbside.
Clients are encouraged to call the Uniontown WIC Office with updated phone numbers or with any questions. 724-437-6050 ext. 3211.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: The VITA free tax preparation site at Uniontown Mall is closed for the season.
Aging Services: The Uniontown Adult Recreation Center, Mountain Citizens Action Group, Bullskin Township Senior Center, and Fairchance Senior Center will be suspending operations of social and recreational activities until further notice.
Congregate meals will be available for pickup only from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Uniontown Adult Recreation Center Monday through Friday. Please call the senior center to reserve your meal, one day in advance, before 1:00pm.
Home Delivered Meals will continue. Hot meals will be served 3 days a week and frozen meals will be served 2 days a week.
If you have questions regarding Aging Services, please contact 724-430-3017 or 724-430-6448.
Circles Laurel Highlands: Meetings will continue to be electronic. If you have questions, please contact Sue Ann 724-705-4054.
Food Bank and food pantries: The FCCAA Food Bank continues to deliver to food pantries, which are operating on the normal schedule. Some pantries operating as drive-through pantries, and if a pantry is interested in operating as a drive-through pantry, please contact David Bork, Food Bank Project Manager at 724-580-7001. If you have questions for the Food Bank, please contact David Bork.
Emergency food boxes: If someone is in need of an emergency food box, please contact Rita Masi, Director of Customer Service at 724-437-6050 ext. 3213.
Weekend Snack Pack Program: The FCCAA Food Bank will continue providing Weekend Snack Packs for school-aged youth. The scheduled distribution will be announced to participants.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) will provide services and scheduled visits via telehealth. If a NFP client has a question, they can contact their Nurse Home Visitor.
Housing: Housing services are still available, but cases will be managed over the phone. If you have questions, please call 724-437-6050 ext. 3247.
As the impact of COVID-19 increases across our communities, FCCAA continues to provide services such as Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, housing, and WIC to individuals and families throughout Fayette County. During times like these, we continue our promise of helping people and changing lives. Did you know there are ways you can help Fayette County residents and FCCAA during the COVID-19 outbreak?
Here’s how you can help:
Volunteer: The FCCAA Food Bank is in need of volunteers to help pack and distribute food boxes. The Food Bank is following CDC guidelines and limiting volunteers at the site during any one time. For volunteer information, please contact David Bork, Food Bank Project Manager at 724-580-7001.
Donations: Make an in-kind or monetary donation to FCCAA!
In-kind donations: FCCAA is in need of in-kind donations such as food, supplies, diapers, and cleaning supplies. Individuals wishing to donate items should contact Rita Masi, Director of Customer Service at 724-437-6050 ext. 3213, for donation procedures.
Monetary donations: Monetary donations are also appreciated during this time! Donations can be made online or by mail:
Online donations can be made here on our online giving page.
Monetary donations can be mailed to:
Fayette County Community Action Agency
108 North Beeson Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401
Please make sure to include a program donation designation in the memo line, such as Greatest Need, Food Bank, Aging Program, Circles Laurel Highlands, Housing, WIC, Nurse-Family Partnership, etc.
As always, we appreciate the support of our volunteers and donors! #TogetherApart we can continue our mission of strengthening individuals and families to become self-sufficient.
The Fayette County Community Action Agency Food Bank continues to serve the residents of Fayette County through food pantries and distribution sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the need of food assistance increases during this time, the Food Bank is in need of volunteers to help pack food boxes at their warehouse in Republic, PA.
Individuals looking to volunteer must be 18 years and older and in good health. The Food Bank follows CDC and Department of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of volunteers. The Food Bank asks those who face a higher risk for COVID-19 and those who have recently traveled out of the country and out of the state to abstain from volunteering. Those interested in volunteering can contact the Food Bank at 724-580-7001 to schedule days and times. The Food Bank is currently not accepting walk-in volunteers.
The continued support of volunteers and donors is essential to the Food Bank. Community Action is grateful for the individuals, businesses and organizations that have volunteered and donated to the Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic.