Frequently Asked Questions

A sponsor provides financial or in-kind support to a Central Pennsylvania Food Bank program or event.

Sponsorships are recognized in various ways. Publicity is available through billboards, print ads, radio, television, social media, newsletters and websites, depending on the type and level of program or event selected.

We accept checks and credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express). Event sponsorships can also be invoiced to your company if a short timeframe is involved.

We would love the opportunity to discuss available sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Jennifer Powell, Director of Development, 717.564.1700 x 3189 with sponsor inquiries.

The Central PA Food Bank Harrisburg Food Bank location serves Adams County, Bedford County, Blair County, Centre County, Clearfield County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Huntingdon County, Juniata County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Mifflin County, Northumberland County, Perry County, Snyder County and York County.

The Central PA Food Bank Williamsport Food Bank location serves Bradford County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Lycoming County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Potter County, Sullivan County, Tioga County and Union County.

Determine the timeframe in which you’d like to hold your food drive. Then register your food drive by either calling the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342 or by registering your food drive online.

The Food Bank can provide you with posters and flyers. You may also want to consider using social media outlets, community calendar listings, and if it’s an internal food drive, send an email to the entire staff to promote your food drive.

We have both barrels and boxes for food collection.

This depends on the size of your audience and the timeframe of your drive. However, it is rare that more than two barrels are needed during a food drive. Each barrel can hold up to 250 pounds of food, depending on what type of food is donated. Should your barrels fill up while your food drive is taking place, the Food Bank can always come and replace your full barrel with an empty one.

You may pick up your requested barrels or make arrangements with the Food Bank to have them dropped off. Because the Food Bank covers such a large territory, please keep in mind some deliveries may not be possible due to the distance.

Yes, we would be more than happy to provide a speaker to emphasize the importance of community support and how your food drive will assist us in our mission. We can also provide you with brochures and other information to further educate your group.

It isn’t necessary to inform us of your food drive, but we do have resources to share with you that can enable you for a successful food drive. Besides, if we know you are having a food drive, we can properly thank you for your donations. Feel free to register your food drive online.

Yes. We will send you a letter stating the weight of the food your group collected. Please be sure we have your name and address for this purpose.

Items rich in protein are essential to providing adequate nutrition

  • Canned meats
  • meals in a can 
  • beef stew
  • chili
  • beans
  • pastas
  • peanut butter
  • canned vegetables and fruits

Please try to avoid products packaged in glass containers.

If someone feels compelled to make a monetary gift, then by all means, please accept their donation. However, we would recommend not handling cash if you can avoid it. Checks are best in this situation. All checks should be made out to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Upon receipt of the check, an acknowledgement letter will be issued to the donor.

The Central PA Food Bank Harrisburg Food Bank location serves Adams County, Bedford County, Blair County, Centre County, Clearfield County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Huntingdon County, Juniata County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Mifflin County, Northumberland County, Perry County, Snyder County and York County.

The Central PA Food Bank Williamsport Food Bank location serves Bradford County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Lycoming County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Potter County, Sullivan County, Tioga County and Union County.

Year-round volunteer support is essential for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Volunteers assist us with many different projects from sorting through bulk food items, assembling food boxes, stocking shopping shelves, repacking bulk foods and many other projects. Our volunteers provide us with work equivalent to 18 full-time employees.

All volunteer experiences must be scheduled in advance. Volunteers may register online and sign-up for shifts through the Volunteer Information Center or contact our volunteer coordinators. For volunteer opportunities at our Harrisburg location, please contact Chris Gray at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342. For volunteer opportunities at our Williamsport location, please contact Kathy Shaffer at 570.321.8023.

Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.

Volunteering at the Food Bank is a great team-building experience. To schedule a group or learn more about group volunteer opportunities at our Harrisburg location, please contact Chris Gray at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342. For group volunteer opportunities at our Williamsport location, please contact Kathy Shaffer at 570.321.8023.

The Food Bank welcomes volunteers 12 years and older, although volunteers 12-15 years of age require adult supervision or a chaperone.

Repacking food items are the most common volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank. The majority of the food that the Food Bank receives requires further processing before being distributed to those in need. Types of volunteer opportunities include: repacking bulk product to individual/family size, assembling boxes with assorted or like food, checking expiration dates, labeling product, gleaning products, etc. While projects are determined based on warehouse needs, all repacking sessions are spent in the warehouse.

We will provide you with everything you need to complete your volunteer projects. We encourage you not to bring any personal belongings.

Volunteers repacking food items, working in the shopping area or office will receive a brief orientation about the Food Bank and a detailed task instructions at the start of your volunteer shift. Volunteers interested in long term volunteer opportunities such as food pick up and deliveries will be required to attend an orientation and/or training.

Please wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or opened-toe shoes are permitted) and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. We ask that you dress comfortably and respectfully. Layers are recommended as the temperature in the warehouse fluctuates. In warmer weather, we ask that volunteers wear shorts or pants that are at least knee length and shirts with sleeves.

Yes; however, space is limited. Please contact our volunteer coordinators to discuss the accommodations you might need so we can set-up a successful volunteer experience. If you are interested in volunteering at our Harrisburg location, please contact Chris Gray at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342. For opportunities at our Williamsport location, please Kathy Shaffer at 570.321.8023.

If for some reason you can’t make your scheduled volunteer time, please let us know. If you are scheduled to volunteer in Harrisburg, please contact Chris Gray at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342. If you are scheduled to volunteer in Williamsport, please contact Kathy Shaffer at 570.321.8023.

Harrisburg Branch:  3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Get Directions
Williamsport Branch:  3301 Wahoo Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701. Get Directions

The Central PA Food Bank Harrisburg Food Bank location serves Adams County, Bedford County, Blair County, Centre County, Clearfield County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Huntingdon County, Juniata County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Mifflin County, Northumberland County, Perry County, Snyder County and York County.

The Central PA Food Bank Williamsport Food Bank location serves Bradford County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Lycoming County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Potter County, Sullivan County, Tioga County and Union County.

Providing food to those at risk of hunger through 800 partner agencies operating throughout our service area is the foundation of what we do.

Food is sourced from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, grocers, growers, processors, the food industry and Feeding America, as well as from food drives.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank opened its doors in 1982. During our first year of operation, we distributed just over 711,000 pounds of inventory to a network of 140 agency partners. Today, we average nearly 4 million pounds of food each month, approximately 32 million pounds year, through more than 800 partner agencies. More than 285,000 unduplicated individuals are served each year. More than 55,000 individuals are served throughout our network each week.*

*Source: Hunger in America 2014

No. Food is collected, stored and repackaged at the warehouse and then distributed to partner agencies that are also 501 (c) (3) organizations. These nonprofit community programs then either prepare the food and serve it or distribute food to those in need. Non-profit partners may include emergency programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Supplemental food program partners may include youth programs, senior centers, or transitional living programs all of whom serve low income individuals who are at risk of hunger. If you or someone you know needs emergency food assistance, contact the Food Bank at 717.564.1700 for a pantry referral or access our list of partners on our website. Emergency food programs are listed with phone numbers. Contact the program for more information on days and hours of distribution. Consumers are referred to programs located within the zip code where they live.

A food bank solicits, collects, stores, repackages and distributes large quantities of food to direct food service programs. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a food bank and a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks. A food pantry provides food directly to those who may not have enough food to eat. Food pantries are an important source of emergency food for the working poor and they often provide other critical resources.

Membership materials are available on our website or by contacting the Agency Relations Department at 717.564.1700. Once completed applications are received, a site visit to the agency will be conducted in order to determine if the agency is eligible for membership. Lastly, authorized individuals who will be working with the Food Bank must attend a member agency orientation session. Once all three of these steps are completed, the agency may access inventory from the Food Bank for their distribution program.

Yes, members are assessed a nominal membership fee of $25 per for each fiscal year of membership, July 1 through June 30th.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank does not charge for donated food nor do our partner agencies charge consumers for food. However, there is a nominal shared maintenance charge that helps off-set the cost of handling and delivery. There is no shared maintenance charge for donated fresh produce. The Food Bank also offers a wholesale food purchase program which offers wholesale inventory at a greatly reduced cost.

Food Safety is a critical component of our business. All agency partners must have a minimum of one person, (key staff or volunteer working with the food program) who has participated in a food safety curriculum appropriate to the distribution program type, i.e. Meal Service or Food Pantry program. The Food Bank offers a food pantry food safety curriculum on our website, and coordinates classroom sessions for meal and pantry programs with certified food safety educators. The Food Bank supports nutrition education in partnership with the Penn State Cooperative Extension services located throughout our service territory.

The Central PA Food Bank Harrisburg Food Bank location serves Adams County, Bedford County, Blair County, Centre County, Clearfield County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Huntingdon County, Juniata County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Mifflin County, Northumberland County, Perry County, Snyder County and York County.

The Central PA Food Bank Williamsport Food Bank location serves Bradford County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Lycoming County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Potter County, Sullivan County, Tioga County and Union County.

You can pre-purchase event tickets for all events on our website or by calling us at 717.564.1700. For both of our Taste events, Main and Child tickets can also be purchased at select GIANT Food Store locations. The Taste of Central Pennsylvania tickets can be purchased at Dauphin and Cumberland county stores only, while the Taste of Lancaster County tickets can be purchased at Lancaster county stores only. For all of our events, tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the event for an additional $5.

We accept all forms of payment for the purchase of tickets; cash, check and credit card. If purchasing online you will be asked to pay with a credit card. All credit card types are accepted for payment (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover).

If interested in becoming a financial sponsor of one of our events, please contact our Jennifer Powell, Director of Development at 717.564.1700,  ext. 3189.

To be notified in advance of all of our special event dates, ticket sales and details, please sign-up for our special events e-newsletter.

During both of our Taste of Central Pennsylvania and Taste of Lancaster County events, we have three different levels of tickets for each event:

  • Deluxe Tickets include admission to an hour long Champagne Reception that is a pre-event reception that includes an assortment of hors d’ourves, wine and champagne, as well as admission to the Private and Main Tasting portions of the event that will follow. 
  • Private Taste Tickets allow you to enjoy an hour long exclusive first tasting of all participating food & beverage purveyors before the Main Taste where the tastings continue and the largest crowd will arrive. 
  • Main Taste Tickets are for the Main Taste event only.

The purchase price of tickets to either Harrisburg Soup & a Bowl or Williamsport Soup & a Bowl you include a light lunch of soup, bread and dessert as well as your choice of a one of a kind hand-crafted pottery bowl.

In the marketing/promotion of your event, the Food Bank kindly asks that we may review all materials before they are printed and/or presented to the public.

The Food Bank can assist in your event when appropriate with the following: website calendar and/or press release listing, inclusion in our e-newsletter and newsletter, provide a Food Bank banner, social media outlets and potentially provide a representative at your event, upon staff availability. For further information or questions with holding a third party event, please contact Tara Davis, 717.564.1700, ext. 3186.

The following fundraising activities are prohibited in conjunction with a third party event for the benefit of the Central PA Food Bank:

  • Programs that raise money on commission
  • Events involving the promotion or support of a political party or candidate, or those which appear to endorse a political activity
  • Direct solicitation (including but not limited to door-to-door canvassing, telemarketing or internet)
  • Food fights or eating contests
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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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