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$100,000 Challenge to Fight Food Insecurity in Washington and Franklin Counties

$100,000 Challenge to Fight Food Insecurity in Washington and Franklin Counties 

HAGERSTOWN, MD (July 18, 2022) — The United Ways of Franklin and Washington Counties announce a partnership to fight food insecurity in our communities. The United Against Hunger fund will give greater access to free food, healthy options, food deliveries, and food resources.

To double our impact, a $100,000 matching gift challenge has been issued by the VerStandig family, owners of VerStandig Media (WAYZ FM, BOB Rocks, 101.5 FM, the GOAT 92.1 FM), Ledo’s Pizza in Chambersburg, and The VerStandig Law Firm. All donations to United Against Hunger will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.

Hunger is a pervasive problem in our community with 1-in-8 families often choosing between buying groceries or lifesaving medications. With the significant increase in food prices, residents who are living in poverty or barely making ends meet, are struggling now more than ever.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to serve people who desperately need help as inflation and the cost of living continue to rise,” said Amy Hicks, Executive Director of United Way of Franklin County, PA. Heather Guessford, President and CEO of United Way of Washington County, MD added “with the generosity of the VerStandig Family, our efforts will be doubled in both communities enabling us to serve significantly more residents.”

All proceeds from United Against Hunger will stay local benefiting local food pantries, home-delivered meals, backpack programs, fresh food distributions, food delivery to those living in food deserts, and many food-related programs. The United Against Hunger challenge will run through August 11th. Donations are accepted by mail, online, or by phone. Contact:

United Way of Washington County:

83 W. Washington Street, Suite 101, Hagerstown MD 21740, 301-739-8200.

United Way of Franklin County:

182 S. Second Street, Chambersburg PA 17201, 717-262-0015.


United Way of Washington County, MD serves over 50 organizations and 65,000+ residents annually. United Way fights for the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of all residents in our community. United Way of Washington County is recognized by a Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar USA. For more information visit our website at

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