Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s 10-year “Bold Goal” to Solve Hunger in Central PA
Harrisburg, PA – On Tuesday, September 8, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank announced its “Bold Goal”, a 10-year strategic plan to close the meal gap in the 27 counties the Food Bank serves. The vision of the “Bold Goal”, approved by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Board of Directors earlier this year, is: By 2025, our collaborative network will provide access to enough nutritious food for everyone struggling with hunger in each of the 27 central Pennsylvania counties we serve.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is the first food bank in PA, and one of the first in the nation, to implement the plan first adopted by Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s plan will follow the “Feed, Lead, Strengthen” model set by Feeding America.
“For more than 30 years the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has been working to meet the needs of hungry individuals and families in central PA,” said Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “The Food Bank has always had the aspirational goal that No One Should Be Hungry. This ‘Bold Goal’ turns that vision to reality. By engaging the public and private sector for support and collaborating to access more food, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will strengthen and build the capacity of its network. This growth will enable us to provide access to nutritious meals for every person struggling with hunger in the 27 counties we serve by 2025.”
In 2015, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provided more than 36 million meals and it is projected that nearly 79 million meals will be needed in 2025 to close the meal gap. In order to reach the goal of closing the meal gap, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank faces a projected deficit of nearly 43 million meals. The Food Bank has done extensive research and studied growth patterns to determine what will be needed to close the meal gap in each individual county served.
The bulk of the efforts to achieve the goal will be focused on three initiatives: expanding core food banking efforts while promoting increased distribution of “foods to encourage”; growing our SNAP outreach to become a major facilitator of meals for qualifying individuals and families; and growing our school-based outreach to increase access to meals for school-aged children.
“Hunger is a solvable problem and we are committed to solving hunger in central PA,” said Arthur. “By developing more and better resources, engaging support and following the strategic plan we have in place, we can reach our goal by 2025 and provide access to three healthy meals each day for our neighbors facing hunger.”
“No one should go hungry in this great state. Everyone deserves healthy meals, no matter their age, their income or their address,” said Jane Clements-Smith, executive director, Feeding Pennsylvania. “Feeding Pennsylvania commends the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for leading the way to a healthier, hunger-secure Pennsylvania.”
About Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 800 local agencies, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides nearly 650,000 nutritious meals to people in need every week. For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit centralpafoodbank
.org or call 717.564.1700.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit feedingamerica.org, fins us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Feeding Pennsylvania
Feeding Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of eight Feeding America-affiliated food banks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The mission of Feeding Pennsylvania is to promote and aid our member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in our communities and across Pennsylvania and to provide a shared voice on the issues of hunger and food access within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information about Feeding Pennsylvania, please visit feedingpa.org, connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.