$50,000 donation from the JEM Charitable Foundation
Emmaus' Margaret Kloecker, John Stefanik, and Emmaus' Sister Karen Oprenchok and Breanna Mekuly

"In lieu of flowers," the obituary said, "please send donations to Emmaus Ministries." And with that simple statement found in a childhood friend's obituary, a Board Member of JEM Charitable Foundation encouraged fellow board members to make a $50,000 donation to Emmaus Ministries.

Soon before he passed away, the late president of Glenwood Beer Distributors, Jim Mantyla, established the JEM Charitable Foundation to provide financial donations to Erie's St. Peter Cathedral, St. Mary's Home, and scholarships for students at Cathedral Preparatory School and Gannon University.

"Donating to Emmaus is outside of our normal realm - but our board member was really taken with the mission of Emmaus Ministries," said current Glenwood Beer Distributors president, John Stefanik. "And right now, the foundation has money on hand and knows the money given to Emmaus will go right towards helping the hungry in this area get food. We're hoping this stretches a long way and is able to feed a lot of people."

Margaret Kloecker, Emmaus' Administrative Assistant, assured John the money will go right towards food. "Our numbers have drastically increased over time," she said. "At the soup kitchen, we serve about 1,000 meals a week. And at the food pantry, we provide for 700 households a week. $50,000 will go a long way to continue feeding the hungry in Erie."

Glenwood Beer Distributors just opened a new facility in Ridgeway, PA, which means they now are a beer wholesaler in thirteen different counties in Northwest Pennsylvania.

Pictured: Emmaus' Margaret Kloecker, John Stefanik, and Emmaus' Sister Karen Oprenchok and Breanna Mekuly