Frequently asked questions
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What type of drive should I host?

Your donation will go further with a virtual food drive, a food and fund drive combo providing a simple and immediate way to help end hunger in central Pennsylvania. It’s as simple as online shopping. Due to the Food Bank’s wholesale purchasing ability, partnerships with food donors & suppliers and an efficient distribution model, a virtual food drive gift multiplies the impact of donors’ generosity. Every $1 donated helps the Food Bank provide six nutritious meals.

How long can I hold a food or fund drive?

You are welcome to hold a food and fund drive for as short as one day to all year long. Hunger has no season, so we appreciate your support throughout the year.

How many barrels do I need for a traditional food drive?

It is rare that more than two barrels are needed during a traditional 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 replace your full barrel with an empty one.

How do I get barrels?

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.

Can I find out how much my group collected?

Yes. We will send you a letter stating the weight of the food your group collected as well as any financial contributions.

Do you accept non-food items?

While the Food Bank will not turn down donations of these items, focusing on raising food or funds during your drive will be much more beneficial to us.

Can I use your logo on our marketing materials?

Yes, however, we ask that you send us a copy of all of the materials you create using our logo before you distribute them. All promotional CPFB assets can be obtained by emailing the Communications and Marketing Department at

What counties does the Food Bank serve?

Our Harrisburg location serves the following PA counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and York.

Our Williamsport location serves the following Northern PA counties: Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga and Union.

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