Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania
To provide food to those in need within eleven counties of northwest Pennsylvania while creating awareness and educating the community on the realities of hunger.
Programs and Services
Second Harvest distributes grocery products through food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and other charities. We also partner with other organizations to operate School Pantries, BackPack programs, Produce Express distributions, Military Share distributions and Senior Box programs. A total of 91,490 individuals in northwest Pennsylvania, including nearly 28,500 children under the age of 18, are without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable food. Recipients who receive food free of charge include unemployed and underemployed workers, the homeless, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, families in crisis situations and children. In our most recent fiscal year, we distributed 9.6 million meals.
Due to unprecedented times during COVID-19, we are focused on these priorities:
1. Providing food to our anti-hunger network of 399 member agencies and distribution partners.
2. Modifying distributions to closely follow social distancing recommendations offered by the CDC.
3. Working with school districts in our service area to continue our programs and ensure families have food while schools are no longer in session.
We have seen evidence of increased need throughout our service area:
1. Food assistance inquiries through our Food Line phone system increased by 2935% from February to May.
2. In February, 506 individuals used our online Agency Locator tool to obtain services. In March, the number increased to 1,528 individuals. 2,370 individuals sought online help in April, a 368% increase as compared to February. Online searches for food help continue to be significantly higher.
3. Second Harvest and our partner organizations have distributed 35,000 emergency relief boxes since March to meet increased demand for food.
Achievements and Updates as of June 1:
1. 2,644,993 pounds of Emergency Relief Food has been distributed by member food pantries.
2. Four Produce Express Distributions have been relocated to the Second Harvest parking lot to be run as no-touch, drive-thru food distributions. These distributions provided 41,587 meals in April and May.
3. Thanks to donor support, Second Harvest has purchased nearly $1.3 million worth of food since mid-March.