Junior Advisory Council

The Junior Advisory Council was developed to educate, guide and inspire other students to bring the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s mission into their schools and communities.

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What is the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Junior Advisory Council?

The Junior Advisory Council, consisting of selected volunteer high school students, was developed to educate, guide and inspire other students to bring the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s mission of fighting hunger, improving lives and strengthening communities into their schools and communities.

During a one-year term (September - May), students will learn about the issue of hunger on both a national and local level and, through collaboration, will be encouraged to mobilize their community to create awareness and will be challenged to complete a project that will have a measurable impact on their community.

All students selected to participate in the Junior Advisory Council will receive a $500 post-secondary education scholarship, provided by GIANT Food Stores and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Who is eligible to apply for the Junior Advisory Council?

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Junior Advisory Council is open to all students in grade 9 through 12 attending public, private, and parochial schools. Entries from home-schooled students are also accepted. Students who have already participated in the Junior Advisory Council are not eligible.

The Junior Advisory Council term is assigned for one academic year (September - May). The Council will be expected to meet a minimum of once per month, with attendance required. The Council will be expected to plan and execute one hunger-related project during its term.

Scholarship Essay Requirements

To complete your application, compose an essay that answers the question, “Hunger in PA - how can I make a  difference?” (No less than 350 and no more than 500 words).

Format Requirements

You must follow these instructions. If you do not, your application will be rejected.

  • Essay must be typed on a separate, single-sided page in 12 point Arial font, 1.5 line spacing.
  • A bibliography or works-cited page is required to identify research sources and should follow teacher preferred bibliography or works-cited guidelines. The bibliography or works-cited page should follow the essay on a separate page. You must follow these instructions. If you do not, your application will be rejected.
  • To ensure fair and anonymous judging, the student’s name, school, and other identifying information must only appear on the application form and may not appear on the essay

Announcement of Scholarship Winners

The essay contest winner will be announced at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank during a reception where the finalists will present their essays. Finalists will be notified the first week of May. Additional communications regarding the reception will be forthcoming.

How do I apply for the Junior Advisory Council?

Download Application

Interested students should download and submit the application and scholarship essay for consideration. Each submitted application and essay will be considered for the Junior Advisory Council.

Completed student information should be sent to:
Junior Advisory Council Committee 
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank 
3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109 

Submission deadline: March 31, 2015.

Congratulations to our 2015 Junior Advisory Council members

  • Tylinn Bitner, Susquenita High School
  • JuliAnne Carr-Phillips, Harrisburg Academy
  • Amogh Kiran, Cumberland Valley High School
  • Sahira Musrial, Susquehanna Township High School
  • Asher Potts, Harrisburg High School
  • Mallory Royer, Hershey High School

Council members will plan and execute a hunger-related project that will make a lasting impact to hungry neighbors right here in central PA.

Harrisburg Warehouse

3908 Corey Road

Harrisburg, PA 17109

717.564.1700

717.561.4636 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Williamsport Warehouse

3301 Wahoo Drive

Williamsport, PA 17701

570.321.8023

570.321.8024 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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