WSFS Bank, the primary subsidiary of WSFS Financial Corporation, announced that its multiyear fall food drive has provided one million meals to hungry children, adults and families in the communities served by the bank.
The company’s associates spent more than 13,000 volunteer hours in 2017. Associates will mark these milestones on Valentine’s Day, which is called “We Love our Community” day.
“Service is part of our history and serving others is one of our core values,” said Vernita Dorsey, senior vice president and director of Community Strategy, WSFS Bank. “When our associates see a need, it compels them to serve in the communities where they live, play, work and worship. I am humbled to work alongside associates whose dedication to service is demonstrated every day at home and in our banking offices in the Delaware Valley.”
For 15 years, WSFS has collected nonperishable foods from its associates, customers and the public from October to December each year.
In Delaware, where the bank-sponsored program has operated for the longest period, the food drive has delivered 18,721 boxes of food to needy children, adults and families in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.
Each box contains about seven days’ worth of breakfast and supper for a family of four. WSFS collaborates with theSunday Breakfast Missionin Wilmington for the Delaware portion of the drive, and withCityteamin Chester for southeastern Pennsylvania.
“In a time of prosperity we must remember that for many, it is a season of need,” said Rev. Thomas J. Laymon, Senior Pastor, and CEO, Sunday Breakfast Mission. “We thank WSFS Bank, its customers, and associates for their generosity and service. It is not often that a growing company like WSFS has an attitude of giving that permeates every level of the organization.”
Through Team WSFS, the bank’s volunteer network, associates dedicate their time and talents to an array of causes that include education, animal shelters, economic development and empowerment, the environment, services for the homeless, persons with special needs, and youth sports, among others.
In 2017, WSFS associates dedicated more than 9,300 hours in Delaware, over 3,500 hours in Pennsylvania, nearly 80 hours in Maryland, and about 150 hours in New Jersey. On April 26, WSFS Associates will hold the annual “Take Your Children to the Community Day,” the company’s alternative to take your son or daughter to work day.