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From time to time, our pantry manager at the Northern Dauphin Food Pantry accompanies Agency Services staff on site visits with partner agencies.  In August 2017, Suzy Blough visited the Fresh Food Farmacy in Shamokin, PA.  

"As a pantry manager, I sometimes go out to other agencies within our partner network to learn new and different ways to better serve our clients." 

The FFP specializes their services toward diabetic clients and their families.  They offer nutritious food choices such as fresh produce, meat, milk and eggs, along with nutrition education.

"On this particular day, I traveled to the agency with a few of colleagues.  As one conducted a site inspection and another unloaded produce, I gravitated toward clients in the waiting room where I was warmly greeted by Karen, who was next in line for her food distribution.  I asked her how she was doing and she couldn't wait to tell me!"

Karen told Suzy she was very grateful for the services she receives from the pantry -- "the good nutritious food, especially fresh produce and the nutrition education" - such as recipes she receives for her and her family.  She is a family of three, and has been using the pantry for less than six months, but has already noticed she was feeling better, had more energy, lost weight and was very proud of her reduction in her A1C level.

Karen wanted to share a story with Suzy about her 21-year-old son. Although he is not diabetic, he was also sharing a lot of the same health concerns his mother was going through.  Until they started receiving services, they were consuming a lot of unhealthy foods, not exercising and not fully understanding how to coordinate basic nutrition in conjunction with living a good and healthy life.  Her young son had a dream most of his life of becoming a member of the United States Military.  Because of the change in his diet, applying the education he and his family learned, he is not only feeling better, and has lost weight, he has now passed his physical and has officially signed as a young member of the US Army.

The difference these services make in our client's lives happen every day.  We know that food, guidance, compassion, love and service to others are helping to build strong families within our communities.  This pantry and the services they provide daily has helped a family not only improve their health, but may have helped to develop a proud member of our United State Military.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is fighting hunger, improving lives and strengthening communities and we may just be making a difference in the world we all live and serve!  


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Joe Arthur

Joe Arthur

As the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Executive Director, Joe Arthur serves as the Food Bank’s principal ambassador, regularly presenting on the issue of hunger in Pennsylvania. Joe joined the Food Bank in 2008 after working 23 years in finance and accounting management.

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Tara Davis

Tara Davis

Tara Davis is the SNAP Outreach Manager for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. With 15+ years of nonprofit experience, Tara has spent the last eight years fighting hunger with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Initially, Tara began her career at the Food Bank managing special events and moving on to re-designing and managing the website as well as supporting other endeavors within the Communications & Marketing Department. This past spring she became a part of the Agency Relations Department and took on the new role as SNAP Outreach Manager.

Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson

For more than five years Brad has utilized his skill and experience for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in the fight against hunger. Brad brings 20+ years of nonprofit experience in communications, marketing, public relations and branding to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and as the Director of Communications and Marketing, Brad manages all internal and external communications, public and community relations, marketing, social media and website content, special event planning and brand awareness for the Food Bank.

Katie Wetzel

Katie Wetzel

Katie Wetzel serves as the Marketing Manager at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. In her role, she supervises the design, production and distribution of Food Bank print materials and leads efforts to produce and deploy relevant and engaging content through digital communication channels. Prior to moving into her current role, Katie managed the Food Bank’s volunteer and food drive programs from 2012-2014.

Shelly Shultz

Shelly Shultz

Shelly Shultz is part of the Marketing Team at Dutch Valley Food Distributors. She is also pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership and has a passion for helping people grow and achieve their goals.

Allan Rupert

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