Thank you for taking a few minutes to get to know the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, learn about our mission and find out how you can make a difference in the lives of hungry families right here in our communities. Learn also about the people we serve and the issue of hunger here in our neighborhoods, and how you can help make a difference in the lives of central Pennsylvanians struggling to put food on their tables.
In the beginning
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has been dedicated to ending hunger for more than 30 years. The Food Bank started as a one-day demonstration project on World Food Day in 1981. To address the needs of hungry families, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank began permanent operation on October 16, 1982.
Originally, the Food Bank was located in a converted movie theater in Steelton. In 1991, the Food Bank initiated a capital campaign, raising $1.5 million directed to the construction of a brand new warehouse. In 1994, the Food Bank relocated to its current facility in Harrisburg. In 2002, a second warehouse was added in Williamsport, to better serve the northern tier of our territory. In 2012, the Food Bank’s Harrisburg warehouse underwent a second expansion, which added 28,000 square feet onto the existing warehouse.
By 2025, our collaborative network will provide access to enough nutritious food for everyone struggling with hunger in each of the 27 counties we serve, and will convene and nuture partnerships to make progress toward ending hunger.
serving 27 counties
Serving 27 counties, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is the largest non-profit food distribution organization in central PA. The Food Bank solicits, inventories and distributes food and other donated products to more than 1,000 partner agencies and programs (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.) directly serving people struggling with hunger. The Food Bank distributes more than 48 million pounds of food and grocery products. That is the equivalent of 40 million meals!
Serving THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES
Adams, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union and York
STATEMENT OF VALUes
- RESPECT: We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with justice, equality and compassion. We honor the lives, concerns and stories of people in need and expect our partners to do the same. We accept one another and encourage diversity of thoughts and ideas.
- STEWARDSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY: We keep faith with the public trust through the efficient and compassionate use of resources entrusted to us and are mindful that our mission is accomplished through the generosity of others. We maintain and communicate accurate and timely information on hunger research, education, advocacy and service. We evaluate and account regularly for how resources are used to implement and achieve our mission.
- COLLABORATION: We believe in the power of community. We collaborate and build strong relationships, based on trust, with and among those who share our vision of creating a hunger-free America. We work together to accomplish the vision at the national and local levels, valuing each other's roles and using an open process and honest communication. We seek out and are responsive to the input and counsel of our partners.
- URGENCY: We operate with an acute sense of urgency that reflects the immediate needs of hungry people. We challenge our employees, volunteers and partners to embrace the same sense of urgency to accomplish our shared vision.
- COMPASSION: We will genuinely care for each other, our partners, our donors and most importantly, those we serve. We will look through the eyes of the other person and seeing their need, will act before being asked. We will have empathy in our communications and work to change our perspective when required.
- INTEGRITY: We act with honesty, trust and openness and deliver on commitments. We act within the spirit of agreements, contracts and the law. Our intentions and actions will be transparent and above reproach.
- DIVERSITY: We believe that the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of our nation should be reflected in our staff, board and network.
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