What kind of food donations are most desired by the Food Bank?
Non-perishable items like these are the most valuable:
- Canned tuna
- Canned meats and stews
- Peanut butter
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Packaged meals
- Packaged pasta and rice
- Canned and dried beans
- Pure fruit and vegetable juices
- Baby food, cereal and formula (must be within code date)
Please remember, the Department of Health requires all cans to have labels, and packaged goods must be factory-sealed, in good condition, and without rust or severe dents. Also, health laws prohibit the distribution of home-canned or home-packaged foods.
Contact: Chris Gray - 717.547.6342
Printable Most Needed Items List
Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act
In 1996, Congress created a federal Good Samaritan Act to protect food banks and their donors from liability. The bill was named for Rep. Bill Emerson (R-Missouri) who fought for the proposal but died of cancer before it was passed and signed into law by President Clinton on Oct. 1, 1996. To find more information on this or any other federal legislation, check out the Library of Congress' Thomas Database.