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Upper Dauphin Elementary Makes Soup-er Donation

The Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School recently held a Soup Drive to support the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Northern Dauphin Food Pantry. As Elementary PTO Co-President, it was an idea of mine to involve our community with our school. So many families in our community are struggling financially at this time of year and this was a way to give back to these families, and also to show the children kindness goes a long way.  We c...

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Hungry for Change: Deer Management and Food Security

Communities across the US are turning to hunting to help get deer numbers under control. A waste of good venison? Hardly. In fact many local deer management programs donate their harvests to local food banks.

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SNAP provides needed meals to families facing hunger

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is one of the newest programs for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. While the Food Bank has been providing food assistance through a network of more than 800 partner agencies, we are also now assisting individuals and families apply for SNAP benefits.  A federally-funded program, SNAP helps low-income individuals and families stretch their food b...

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Taste of Central Pennsylvania Provides Meals Where They Are Needed Most

As my sixth year participating in the Taste of Central Pennsylvania grows near, I find myself reflecting on why I am here. It’s easy to see the fun things and the camaraderie that is shared at Strawberry Square the last Sunday of each October. Chefs milling about plying our trade, greeting old friends and always meeting someone new. The air is filled with the scents of the season and food is presented by young men and women in pristine white coats as the room is overrun with food. But, why am I really here?

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Embrace Hunger Relief Week Follow Up - A Personal Story

This dear lady put her arms around me and told me that everything was going to be okay, that she was glad I came and glad that they could help me. She helped me fill out a simple form, and then walked me around, helping me to select some nutritious foods that would sustain my son and me until I could receive my next pay check. She made me feel respected and cared for in a moment when I had been feeling very alone and ashamed.

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Embrace Hunger Relief Week

I live in Pennsylvania, in small rural community where people tend to have a lot of family and social ties. You might think that these support networks would make hunger a non-issue in our region, but that is SO not the case!

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Why Hunger Action Month?

We need everyone to know 1 in 7 people, and sadly 1 in 5 kids, are at-risk for hunger here in our communities. September is the time for everyone to come together and make a difference for those suffering the indignity of hunger.

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NORTHERN DAUPHIN FOOD PANTRY OFFERING HEALTHY OPTIONS

The Northern Dauphin Food Pantry provides food assistance to residents of Northern Dauphin County that reside within the 17005, 17023, 17030, 17048, 17080, 17097, 17098 and 17980 zip codes. We proudly serve foods from many food groups including bread, milk, eggs, various meats, cereals and canned goods to our clients.  We are especially proud to offer many varieties of fresh produce supplied to us by The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. &n...

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Welcome, friends, to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s new blog!

We are excited to add this forum to our public conversation for one simple reason: we want to more urgently share the Food Bank’s good news with our friends working to help our hungry neighbors in need.

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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.

Diane Powell

Diane Powell

Diane's bio will go here once we receive it. Diane's bio will go here once we receive it. Diane's bio will go here once we receive it.

David Lloyd

David Lloyd

David's bio will go here once we receive it. David's bio will go here once we receive it. David's bio will go here once we receive it.

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

Allan Rupert

Chef Allan Rupert, executive chef at Final Cut Steakhouse, is a graduate of America’s most renowned culinary school, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduation, Chef Rupert traveled the country and worked at an array of top destination resorts and casinos including Caesars Lake Tahoe, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the LaJallo Beach & Tennis Club, Sky City Restaurant at the Needle in Seattle and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, among others.

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3908 Corey Road

Harrisburg, PA 17109

717.564.1700

717.561.4636 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-TR: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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3301 Wahoo Drive

Williamsport, PA 17701

570.321.8023

570.321.8024 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-TR: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
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