From Our Founder

In the Spring of 1995, I ended a local event with a surplus of food. A friend mentioned donating it to Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, a new shelter in Harrisburg. When I dropped off the food, I was amazed at the work of the staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities.

They had no plans for a Christmas party and so I immediately offered one up. They also had no cribs as babies and toddlers were sleeping on blankets on the floors. I couldn't let this continue and organized a drive for cribs.

Needless to say, I was "hooked." In December, 2017, we conducted our 21st year of offering Christmas events not only for Interfaith but for three other Harrisburg shelters providing gifts for well over 125 children and adults.

But in working at the various shelters, we noticed canned and boxed goods in their pantries, but limited fresh produce. We set out to change that.

In 2007, we formalized our work by founding "Gemma's Angels," named in memory of my mother Gemma Rose Macchioni. In 2014, we became incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and officially registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 non profit organization.  

We were on our way to greater things!

As an alumnus of Milton Hershey School, founded by famed chocolate king and philanthropist Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine, I learned about The Golden Rule--treat others as you would like to be treated. In the naming of our organization, I also honor my mother in doing this important work, but I also give back what the Hershey's so selflessly gave to me.

It is my sincere hope that you join me in this great endeavor.




Michael J Macchioni
President & Founder
Gemma's Angels Ltd.


Michael J. Macchioni, President & Founder - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Entrepreneur & Advocate for the Poor and Homeless

David A. Allwein, Vice President & Treasurer - San Antonio, Texas

Kelli J. Young, Vice President & Secretary - Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Michelle Wiliard Hoffer, Member - Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Hershey Company

Jason M. Macchioni, Member - Portland, Maine
Assistant Transportation Coordinator, Logisticare Solutions

Matthew J. Macchioni, Member - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Enterprise Project Engineer, Fusion Storm

Scott Schuyler, B.S., M.Ed., Member - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Houseparent - Milton Hershey School

Amy M. Tobin, Member - Cortez Vil, Florida
President, ArCompany

Joni Macchioni Rockhill, Member - Linfield, PA

Nelva Wright, M.B.A., Member - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
City of Harrisburg Health Officer


Dr. Michael Baer, M.D.
Network Medical Director
AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast
Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Amanda Frankeny, RDN, LDN
Community Nutritionist
The PA Nutrition Education Network
Conshohocken, PA

Dr. Daniel George, Ph.D.
Penn State Hershey
College of Medicine
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Tina Hornberger, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
UPMC Pinnacle Health
Harrisburg, PA

Dr. Alexandra A. Horwitz, M.D.
Penn State Hershey
Department of Pediatrics
Hershey, PA

Kimberly L. Jacobs, PA-C
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Christopher Keelty
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Director of Individual Giving
New York, New York

Gary B. Macchioni
Manistee, Michigan

Benjamin Masters
San Francisco, California

Dr. Philip J. Masters, M.D.
American College of Physicians
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hon. Michael H. W. Pries
Dauphin County Commissioner
Hershey, Pennsylvania

James Pronio
Lidl US
Pronio's Market
Hershey, Pennsylvania

April C. Schneider
Ahold USA, Inc.
Mechanisburg, Pennsylvania

Jenny Murphy-Shifflet
President/CEO, Lebanon SARCC (ret.)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Patricia Verdon, PhD
Penn State Hershey
CFO Children's Hospital
Palmyra, Pennsylvania

Marlene M. Welden
Hershey, Pennsylvania


In memory of Advisory Board Member William J. Altland (1942 - 2017)
Retired Educator, Milton Hershey School
Hershey, Pennsylvania