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About Us

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank accepts and is grateful for monetary or food donations.  A donation of just $1 helps provide six meals to people in need in our communities.  Online donations can be made by clicking Give Now.  Checks can also be mailed to our office at 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109.

The Food Bank provides foods to those at risk of hunger through a network of more than 1,000 partner agencies and programs operating throughout our 27-county service area.  This network includes food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency food providers, schools, etc.  The Food Bank also advocates for public policy that provides nutrition assistance and addresses the root causes of food insecurity.

Food is sourced from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, grocers, growers, processors, the food industry and Feeding America, as well as from food drives.  We also source produce through the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative (MARC) and the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS).  More information on MARC and PASS are available by downloading the following documents.

MARC Fact Sheet

PASS Fact Sheet

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank opened its doors in 1982.  During our first year of operation, we distributed more than 711,000 pounds of food to a network of 140 agency partners.  Today, we average over 5.5 million pounds of food each month, more than 67 million pounds per year, through 1,000 partner agencies and programs.  We serve more than 200,000 individuals each month.

Generally, no. If you or someone you know needs emergency food assistance, contact the Food Bank at 717-564-1700 for a pantry referral or click here to access our list of partners.  Emergency food programs are listed with phone numbers.  Contact the program for more infor