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
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center (PHAC), started a SNAP outreach initiative to promote the program at local pantries and food distribution centers across Central Pennsylvania. Last year PHAC submitted 1,074 applications in central PA, which is equivalent to providing an estimated economic impact of $180,115 and 39,895 meals to families in need3.