MARCH 18, 2010 Harrisburg, PA - Ending hunger in all of central Pennsylvania-the ongoing mission for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank-will become more of a reality this year due to the generosity of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Adjunct Professor Pennsylvania Ag Educators Association (PAAE) member, Al Wenger and Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. Wenger’s outstanding work inside and outside the classroom along with his HACC’s Agribusiness and Food Systems Management program was recognized by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) with the 2009 Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural (OPAP) award. Along with his fellow Pennsylvania Ag Educators, Wenger feels that the truck will go to better use in the hands of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Wenger is one of six regional winners to receive this award given by NAAE in association with Toyota Motor Sales, Inc.
Toyota provides the lucky OPAP winners with keys to a Toyota Tundra truck along with a 2-year lease to assist them with their proactive program within agriculture education. Instead of keeping the truck for himself, Wenger and the PAAE has decided to generously donate his 2010 Tundra and lease to the Food Bank-creating a gift that will keep on giving by helping to distribute more donated food to hungry Pennsylvania citizens. “I’m thankful for the recognition but I want this gift to get as much use as possible. By donating the vehicle to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank I’m making sure that this amazing truck gets put to good use every day” Al Wenger said.
This truck is the first of it’s kind for the Food Bank to use and Executive Director Kendall Hanna said, “Wenger’s donation is simply wonderful. We will use the truck to transport smaller food drive pick-ups and to specifically take fresh produce to lower income communities. This vehicle will have an instant impact on the hungry citizens of Central Pennsylvania.”
Al Wenger is the first OPAP recipient to pass along this generous donation from Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. This is an example of the character NAAE looks for when selecting their award recipients. “NAAE is honored to have such amazing people representing our organization within their community. We are privileged to have a company like Toyota recognize the value of U.S. agricultural education and the character of the teachers who make it all possible,” said NAAE Executive Director Jay Jackman. “Coordinating the relationship through the FFA makes the relationship’s impact on the country’s ag community even stronger. We are thrilled to have such selfless members with NAAE and to be able to show such a worthwhile, engaging sponsorship from Toyota.”
Wenger representing NACC and PAAE will be recognized for his actions on Monday, March 22 at the Food Bank in Harrisburg, PA where Toyota will accompany Al in presenting Kendall Hanna and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank with keys to their 2010 Toyota Tundra. Food Bank staff members, donor organizations and local community residents who receive food donations will be in attendance along with Dr. Jay Jackman, Executive Director of NAAE and Stephanie Banks, Toyota Regional District Manager.