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.
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.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank operates a Food Stamps Helpline that helps individuals find out if they qualify to receive additional food assistance. Within our service territory, only 55% of those individuals that are income eligible for the program are receiving benefits. Our goal is to inform the public about this federal nutrition program and to provide screening and enrollment assistance to those who may need and are eligible to receive benefits. To find out if you or someone you know qualifies for SNAP, please call our helpline at 1.877.999.5964 or download the latest income guidelines here.
1 PA Dept of Public Welfare, SNAP Participating Households and Persons by County, May 2011
2 FRAC, The SNAP Effect: Lifting Households Out of Poverty, September 2011
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Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
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!
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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