Tracy Fezakas and the PA Daughters of the American Revolution are dedicating their time to help fight hunger.

"I've been on the receiving end as a child," said Fezakas. "This is very important."

In celebration of Pennsylvania Day, the group teamed up with other volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank to pack hundreds of boxes of food for those in need.

"A major portion of our valley has suffered a lot with job losses," said Fezakas. "It's a perfect way to reach out and help."

According to the PA Department of Agriculture, more than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians are facing food insecurity.

The volunteer effort aims to reduce that number.

"I think there is an exceeding demand all across this nation and in Pennsylvania for some additional food assistance," said America250PA commissioner Tim Wachter. "The people who have food insecurity should rest assured and know that we are here to help them and we hope to get them through this time of trouble."

With food prices up 12.2 percent compared to last year because of inflation, the assistance is needed now more than ever.

"We just really want to have Pennsylvanians help Pennsylvanians," said America250PA project assistant Anthony Corigliano. "Food prices are soaring, it's great to take a day and give back to the community."