Advocacy efforts at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank revolve around informing, educating, engaging and empowering the community in the fight against hunger.
Take Action in Your Community
You can help by writing letters to elected officials; making calls to elected officials; and participating in outreach activities through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, our partner agencies and other organizations.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps), is a federally-funded program that helps eligible households and individuals purchase nutritious and healthy food. SNAP participants receive an EBT Access card, which acts like a debit card to purchase food items. SNAP and emergency food programs together provide a more sustainable solution to end hunger. The SNAP Program helps nearly 1.8 million people (14.2% of Pennsylvanians) buy groceries every month1 and lifts 13.1% of those households out of poverty2.
SNAP Outreach Initiative
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank operates a Food Stamps Helpline that helps individuals find out if they qualify to receive additional food assistance. Within our service territory, only 55% of those individuals that are income eligible for the program are receiving benefits. Our goal is to inform the public about this federal nutrition program and to provide screening and enrollment assistance to those who may need and are eligible to receive benefits. To find out if you or someone you know qualifies for SNAP, please call our helpline at 1.877.999.5964 or download the latest income guidelines here.